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Glad you made it back or found your way to this blog if you’re new around here.
In this article, we are going to discuss a serious issue that most blogger’s come across during their journey…and also how to beat it.
But before we begin, let me ask you a few questions.
Have you been pumped up & excited to write your next blog post, but when you sit down at your desk, your mind goes “blank”?
Have you procrastinated & stalled on writing a post because you want it to be perfect?
Has your anxiety risen through the roof when you begin to write an article and you suddenly freeze up & stop?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you’ve experienced something called writer’s block.
It’s a common state that all writers and bloggers go through in their career.
As a matter of fact, here’s the exact definition of writer’s block taken from Wikipedia:
“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.”
Writer’s block absolutely sucks and can hinder your progress…
But the good news is there are ways to overcome it, which we will discuss in this article.
So without further ado let’s go over 10 Ultimate Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block.
Visit Other Blog Posts for Inspiration
What I like to do every now and then if I get a bout of writer’s block is to visit other blogger’s blog posts to get inspiration.
Say for example, a fellow blogger wrote a post called “5 Tips on How to Get Free Traffic to your Blog”. You should take that post and put your own spin on it. You can add more tips, more traffic sources, and so on. You could call the post “10 Epic Ways to Explode your Blog Growth with Free Traffic.”
Just make sure that you do not copy whatsoever.
Looking at other blog posts for inspiration is a common strategy that blogger’s use to come up with new ideas for their own posts.
Make New Posts Out Of Old Ones
I know what you’re about to say…
Wait? What? WTH???
Lol, just hear me out.
Yes it’s possible to make brand new posts out of old posts.
Let’s use an example: You have a blog post called “10 Free Traffic Sources” and one of the traffic sources you mention is Pinterest.
You can make a post called “How to Design Beautiful Pins for Pinterest” where you can show people how to make good looking pins using your favorite design software.
Or you can make a post “How to grow your blog traffic with Pinterest” where you show people what to do to get massive amounts of traffic with Pinterest.
Catch my drift?
Use this tactic anytime you get writer’s block and you need to come up with new posts.
Go for a Walk
If you have trouble coming up with new ideas for your next blog post or you just can’t get started writing due to a mental block, try going outside for a walk around your neighborhood.
Going for a walk will clear your mind and calm your nerves.
By going for a walk and getting some fresh air, you will come up with new ideas and become motivated to write.
Go outside and get some fresh air so you can return to blogging glory.
Change Your Work Environment
If you do most of your work from one area in your house, it may be a good idea to switch it up and work somewhere else.
Try taking your laptop and working outside, go to a coffee shop, library, coworking space, etc.
Just change up your workspace and get out of the daily monotony.
You will be amazed by how just working from somewhere else where you’re not accustomed to can bring about fresh ideas and help get your writing mojo back.
Start Using Mindmaps
I can attest that mind mapping the topics that I want to touch upon in each of my blog posts has helped me immensely.
The mind mapping software I use is mindomo.com and it’s beyond great. I use their free plan to mind map my posts and I suggest that you use it also.
Using mind maps to plan out your blog posts will help bring out new ideas and give your blog posts structure.
It will also help boost your productivity so that when you are ready to write, you don’t have to think too hard about what to write about and just get to work.
I absolutely love mind mapping and how it helps me save time and get my creative juices flowing so I don’t have to deal with writer’s block.
Write a Short Post
It’s perfectly fine to write a short & quick post every now and then.
There isn’t a “blogging law” that says you need to write a 3,000-word epic blog post every time you open up your WordPress dashboard.
Cut yourself some slack and write something quick and to the point. Writing a short post can help stop your anxiety about putting out epic and monstrous content.
Although putting out epic content is great, you just can’t do that for every post.
At the end of the day, it’s your blog, you can do what you want, and your audience will not have a problem with a short post if you’ve been providing them with massive value in the past.
Write About Something Else
Did you see a movie recently that you want to critique or review?
Went on a vacation and what to share your travel experience with your readers?
Or do you want to blow off some steam about something that’s been bothering you lately?
It’s quite alright to write about something else other than your niche.
It will help break up the monotony & sameness about writing about the same topic all the time. (Example: Blogging about fitness, blogging, cooking, etc)
Just make sure you do this every once in a while. You don’t want your audience to think that you are changing the focus of your blog and they end up leaving.
Get Rid of Distractions
You may not realize it, but one of the main ways you get writer’s block is because you are being distracted by things that are hurting your productivity.
If your phone is ringing and buzzing with notifications it can easily take you away from your work.
If you are working on your laptop, you can easily get tempted to check your social media networks to see the latest updates of your favorite celebrity or athlete.
Simply put, you need to eliminate all distractions. These distractions are blocking your creative energy from flowing which is causing you to have writer’s block.
Start Searching the Comment Sections for New Ideas
One of the most underrated tricks to get new ideas to overcome writer’s block is to search the comment sections in your blog and other blog’s to get new ideas for future blog posts.
Usually, commenters will ask questions or ask the blogger to go a bit more in-depth on a certain subject.
This is your opportunity for you to strike and make a post answering those questions or go deeper about a subject.
Create a List of Topics to Write About
Last but not least, create a list of blog topics you can write about in the future and keep it on a spreadsheet.
One day just sit down and write down a list of blog topics that your audience will find interesting.
And whenever you have writer’s block, just whip out that list, select a topic and begin blogging away.
My advice is to have a list of about 50 topics so you never run out of ideas.
In closing, these 10 Ultimate Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block are very useful and you should implement a few of these tips anytime your mind is at a standstill and you don’t feel like writing.
So how do you defeat writer’s block? Feel free to share in the comment section below!
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