Did you just hit a brick wall in writing while trying to squeeze words out of your head? Come, I’ll show you how to stop writer’s block by educating you on the principle of how it works. In my opinion, there really is no such thing as a writer’s block. If ever it happens, I want you to look at it in a different light and not see it as a problem at all.
Seeing Writer’s Block from a Unique Perspective
The reason why I don’t believe in writer’s block is because I train myself not to look at it as a “block”. Rather, I see it as an indicator of what my mind and body feels while I’m writing my blog post.
Maybe I’m too tired of writing or just feeling lazy. Maybe I’m out of words because I don’t know about something. Maybe I’m afraid to write a piece of text because it might not sound good. Maybe I’m spending too much time looking for the right words and trying to perfect the details.
Regardless of the situation, I think it’s not a big deal at all. It’s normal not to know and feel blank at times and I don’t see it as something to frown upon.
So how do you handle writer’s block when it comes? Just head down to my list of techniques to learn more. In general, it’s either you confront the block until it crumbles OR you go around it.
For each of the techniques in the following section, I’ve stated what specific actions to do, the principles behind the strategies, and the times when you can use these techniques.
I. Getting The Thoughts Out
Action: Write freely regardless of how bad your writing is. Keep your fingers typing even if the words you put out look disgusting. Don’t be afraid to put out junk especially on the first draft.
Principle: Thoughts are naturally unfiltered, so it’s impossible to expect a well-refined article in your first draft. Therefore it’s a bad advice to strive for perfection when you still have a blank document staring at you. That’s a recipe for frustration and is a huge waste of time.
When to Use: During your first draft and you’re still starting from scratch. You can also use this if you’re feeling lazy and bored with writing.
II. Doing Lots of Research
Action: Look for articles, audios, videos and infographics to grab inspiration from (not copy). You can find lots of these resources by going to search engines like Google. Take notes if you have to while learning in the process.
Principle: Obviously, doing research fills your mind with ideas and words that you can use for your articles. The more you learn about a topic, the more ideas you can put out while in writing mode. This in turn gives you the confidence you’ve always wanted.
When to Use: After you’ve chosen a topic but before writing your first draft. You can also do this in the middle when you suddenly ran out of ideas. While editing your work, research could also help improve the quality of your output.
III. Relieving the Pressure of Writing
Action: Exercise a little bit by walking out or doing physical activities. Talk to someone about things outside blogging or mingle for a while. Entertain yourself with TV or YouTube or listen to music. Take time off when you are running dry with ideas.
Principle: A mind that is stressed and overworked could not possibly write more words. On the flip side, you don’t want to slack off too much that you become lazy in writing.
When to Use: I’d say you use this when you’re feeling heavy that you couldn’t write anymore. Resume writing once you’ve calmed down and back to normal. Don’t unwind if you’re simply slacking off.
IV. Structuring Your Content
Action: Do some research and then create an outline of how your content will flow. In your notebook or blank paper, create a mind map and generate main ideas and supporting ideas based on how you think your article would look like.
Principle: Outlining or other ways of organizing your content will help guide your content in the right direction. Placing elements in your article such as headings, subheadings and lists in your word editor will help you avoid the horror of confronting the “white space”.
When to Use: Every blog post you write about should have an outline, so all the time. That is, if you want to avoid mental block.
V. Improving Your Writing Skills Consistently
Action: As a beginner, keep publishing articles on a consistent basis. Always research before you write the first draft. Always have your outline set-up before writing the details of your content. The key here is “consistency”.
Principle: Nothing will help you improve in handling writer’s block more than consistent writing. You see, people often get distracted and feel blank but in uniquely different ways. Only when you develop your writing skills could you find the best techniques to handle your block.
When to Use: Everyday!
VI. Keeping Yourself Motivated
Action: Use motivational tools to keep you going. Listen to empowering music, watch an inspirational video, read quotes from famous people, write your goals down, talk to your family and friends, treat yourself to a coffee or donut shop.
Principle: Motivation gives you the energy to push further in any obstacle, especially in writing. Whether you’re a blogger, a novelist or a copywriter, understand that it will take a while to see considerable amounts of success and it’s not overnight. That’s why motivation is important in the long run to succeed.
When to Use: During times when you’re down and are slacking off.
VII. Changing Environments
Action: Move to a more silent place if you’re in a noisy environment. Have friends who would support you and cheer you up in low times. Surround yourself with great people who will help you get through your blogging problems (you can do this online).
Principle: Your environment is a very powerful factor that affects your productivity and motivation. If you can find the best possible place to write, then I recommend you go there. If you can’t, then just be aware of the elements that might affect your writing sessions and minimize it.
When to Use: If you are often distracted by external things and as a result would take your focus and attention away from your work.
Don’t Give Up!
What if after all the tips I’ve just shared, your giant brick wall still doesn’t crumble? What if you’re not yet convinced about the principles and you’re still struggling to write your next blog post? If that’s the case, then you’ll need some extra help.
Now you might be thinking of giving up your blog now, but I encourage you don’t. Just because it’s hard to write and get through writer’s block doesn’t mean you won’t make a good writer. Heck, even the most talented writers are still facing this problem.
But I promise you, if you don’t give up and still continue to write even when you find it hard to push through, sooner or later you will be in a better position to break the wall.
Right now, I’ve fully convinced myself that writer’s block doesn’t exist. I did this by training my mind to handle it when it comes and as a result, overcoming this problem seems automatic to me.
The real reason why I was able to handle this is because I had mentoring and coaching online. I’m not saying you buy into mentorship or coaching to overcome writer’s block. But I do recommend that you seek help from people better than you if working alone couldn’t solve the problem.
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Do you believe in writer’s block? What do you do when you stumble on it? I appreciate if you share some tips by leaving comments below.