Writer’s block. Whether you’re a blogger or just trying to write a paper for school, you’ve probably experienced some form of writer’s block. I thought I would share how I (mostly) avoid writer’s block, especially because we’re at the beginning of #Blogtober. Here we go…
Write what you know
I know, I know, this is the oldest trick the book, but there’s a reason for that. I’ve always enjoyed makeup, clothing, and home decor, and I’ve written several posts on these topics. These posts generally come easily to me: I’m familiar with the topic and I don’t ever feel bored writing about it because it’s something I like. I would never try to write a post about cars, especially the mechanics. I know nothing about the mechanics of cars, which means I would have to do a tremendous amount of research. I’m also not interested in this topic so the post would be hard for me to get through, and it would probably not be very engaging for the reader.
When you write what you know, you can at least generate ideas, or maybe entire posts, without having to do tons of research. You’re comfortable with what you’re writing, and you’ll enjoy the process much more.
Let your mind wonder
Seriously just let your mind wonder. I “write” so many posts when I’m not trying to. In fact, many posts, or at least the ideas from them, come from my shower (including this one!) or when I’m walking down the hall at work. Find a time when you can just relax and think. Try going for a walk or just having a quiet moment with a cup of tea.
Make sure you always have a way to jot down your ideas. I usually use the notes app on my phone, or you know, you could use an actual notebook. Even if it’s just something like, “hey I should write about fitness,” put it down. Having a list of ideas you can expand on will be super helpful.
Whether it’s traditional books or other blogs, just keep reading. I find the more I see others being creative, the more creative I feel. If you start reading more, you’ll probably find your creative juices will be flowing. This probably goes without saying, but this is not meant to be stealing ideas from others, just inspiring yourself to be creative.
Whatever your blogging niche is, there are loads of pins on Pinterest that list ideas for blog posts. Sometimes you’ll find ideas for a specific month or season, and sometimes they are more general ideas. Either way, you are bound to find something that will jump start a post. Just search blog post ideas and you’ll have plenty to work with.
These are the ways I avoid writer’s block. Do you do any of these techniques, or do you do something else all together? Let me know in the comments!