Writer’s block among bloggers is pretty common. It often happens with bloggers who start a new blog and write at a crazy pace.
But it also sometimes happens with bloggers who’ve consistently been writing for years. When you write on a topic you’re passionate about you overuse your energy to produce content.
This can result in serious brain fatigue every time you sit down to write something new. That blinking text cursor would keep reminding you how hard it is to write continuously for hours.
Writing daily can easily become one of your habits, and it shouldn’t lead you to experience the writer’s blog ever. It’s not a good feeling and you definitely don’t want your consistency to drop.
In this article, I’ll show you 9 new, practical, and easy ways to overcome writer’s block. So you can keep writing about things you’re passionate about and make more money.
Don’t Try To Be Perfect
It’s very common for bloggers to re-write one sentence again and again until “they think” it’s virtually perfect for reading. This is one of the most common reasons for taking weeks to write an article which can be finished in two days.
If you’re taking anywhere over 3 hours to write a post, excluding the research, there’s something not right. You’re not letting yourself do what you truly want.
You don’t have to be perfect to reach more people. Forget about getting it perfect, focus on getting it done first.
Because of fear of not getting your sentences perfect, you stop writing after several attempts. Each paragraph will feel like a chapter if you keep editing sentences.
This same thought made it hard for me to finish one of my tutorials and I took more than 3 months to get over it. Not to mention more than 45 days of repeated revisions:
But I learned the ways to keep myself focused and avoid that from happening again.
That is why perfectionism is one of the biggest and popular causes of writer’s block. And it all starts with you trying to become something you are not.
No one is perfect, and none can be. Stop judging yourself and stop overvaluing your readers. Write as you would like to read and focus on getting the message out in your articles. That’s the most important aspect of any copy.
The only thing you need to do is stop dwelling on perfectionism.
If you regularly work from a shared office, coffee shops or such places, stop doing it and find some other places. Coffee shops are great for creative stuff like designing, editing and so on but not an ideal place for writing an article.
In fact, it is the worst place you’d like to be if you wish to finish more in less time.
Despite these places being a place full of distractions, many beginners follow the trend just because they saw someone else do the same.
The quickest way to eliminate writer’s block is to shift to a new workplace.
Try switching rooms if you work from home. If you usually write on a desk, try writing on your bed or move to another room. An ideal place to get light-minded and write swiftly is a room where sunlight and fresh air can come in.
The brighter your room is, the better you’ll feel. You won’t lack energy and fresh air will keep your brain oxygenated improving your focus. Focus is all we need to accomplish any task, no matter how tough it gets.
If you are writing in a room full of clutter, dim lighting and lack of space, it will appear in your articles. Your tone will show signs of uneasiness and rush, sometimes frustration.
So it’s best to keep your room clean and keep it the way you like. A way that motivates you the most. Try putting up some success posters on the wall or place an action figure of someone that inspires like I do.
Try Writing Apps
More than 90% freelancers that I’ve hired have been using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. They have used these two tools from the beginning.
Most of the time their copies were left unchecked for speech, grammatical errors and sentence length.
They are not the best editors to write an article, especially if you are writing for multiple clients and when your off with inspiration. In fact, they are the worst in all forms considering all the competition of writing tools.
Try not to stick to single editing software.
Writing apps have multiple benefits including:
- Synchronization: Your articles, drafts, and notes will sync between your devices
- Customization: You can customize the app any way you like
- Organization & Notes: You’ll be equipped with tools you need to organize your ideas. By keeping notes about the topic you’ll finish faster
Tools like ProWritingAid also let you analyze the copy deeply. It analyzes your copy and shows you everything you need to work on.
Not just grammar, but speech, voice, length, readiness and more. It also has a built-in thesaurus so you won’t tun out of variation in words in the middle of writing.
If you’re still writing in your WordPress editor, give some of the writing apps try and you’ll find your lack of motivation to write is a little bit lesser.
The importance of reading books is something you’ll understand as soon as you start doing it. If you don’t like reading books, consider making it a daily habit anyway possible.
Reading often will make you more creative, from a writer’s perspective. You’ll learn the techniques of presenting thoughts and putting complex situations in an easy to understand manner. Your vocabulary will become better each day, helping you think broader and bigger.
A perfect state of mind for any writer.
Reading books has proven to increase your writing abilities significantly. It’s better than listing to music and surfing youtube to find different writing strategies.
Read as much as you can. Fix a daily routine for reading before you start writing. You’ll be writing faster in a week after continuous reading sessions.
Try reading more books from your industry than fiction novels. Fictions are ok but can hook you for hours wasting your time and you won’t even realize it until you finish.
Reading Kindle books isn’t bad too. You can download PDF books but avoid audible audiobooks. Instead of listening to audible, listen to podcasts.
The Pomodoro technique is basically a time-saving strategy. But it can help you write much faster while keeping your energy high once you start practicing it.
The basics of the Pomodoro technique is setting a 25-minute timer for each task. You don’t take a break unless the task or the first milestone of it is finished.
After the first task, you are allowed to take 3-5 minutes of break. Similarly, once you’ve finished the task or completed the 4th milestone you can take a 30-minute break.
Now, this strategy is highly effective in helping you regain your focus and accomplish your daily writing goals.
What happens here is you trick your brain by giving yourself a reward after each milestone which releases dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for all your motivation and will to do a task, without which you won’t even feel anything motivating enough.
By following a strict routine of Pomodoro technique you can dopamine detox your brain and enjoy writing without losing motivation. It is a simple but effective strategy.
Push Your Imagination
Writing is boring for a majority of people and it is even duller when you think of it as a job.
A lot of times you’ll write about blunt stuff that doesn’t leave any room for imagining a scenario or such. That’s when you may feel off and not wanting to continue to write.
I believe the best way to keep writing even when the topic doesn’t connect with you is to use the power of imagination. Try to imagine things your way. Imagine the outcomes, reaction of the reader and their intention, their need, the topic’s relevance to the reader and how you would like to read the article you’re writing.
It makes it so much easier when you try to build a context in your mind when you look at it from a reader’s perspective.
Take more time to do research rather than procrastinating. Don’t rush with insufficient knowledge as you won’t have much to craft if you lack information.
Doing so will give you immense confidence and you’ll back it up with your intelligence.
Don’t Overburden Yourself
When the writing flow is on, you don’t want to stop it at any cost. I’ve seen a bunch of people who continue working even when their eyes get tired and they feel they should stop now. If you’re like one of those people, stop doing that.
Not having enough sleep will never help you. Your body and brain won’t adapt to it and you’ll feel fatigued for the rest of the day. The moment you wake up without enough sleep you’ll notice extreme stress and laziness which kills the productivity inside you.
It can lead to severe stress, anxiety, laziness, eye-strain and other kinds of problems you don’t want to have.
Don’t take unnecessary burdens. You can easily sort out your priorities using a planner; I prefer a daily planner. Maintaining a journal can help you track your daily goals efficiently.
Start by taking power naps after your blogging sessions. Power naps have a solid effect on your mind and help you become more active and reduces anxiety. It eliminates fatigue and makes you feel less relentless.
Start your day by checking out your priorities, finish them first and take a break. A short 30-minute break will do the work.
Spend more energy on doing things you love by not wasting it on things you don’t.
One secret way to beat writer’s block in using AnswerThePublic. It is a free tool that I use from time to time when I find myself in loss of words.
It is a topic research tool that helps you find questions searched on Google. You can enter any topic and AnswerThePublic gives you a plethora of ideas related directly to the topic.
This is a super quick and easy way to find continuation and sub-topics for your articles. Pick up any of the questions that come up in the search and add it to your article as a subheading.
This way, you won’t have to spend hours brainstorming the next paragraph and you’ll have plenty of ideas to keep writing on.
It is a free tool so you won’t have to pay anything and is absolutely amazing at what it does.
Probably one of the easiest ways to get rid of writer’s block is meditation. If you don’t meditate at least 10 minutes a day, you’re missing a big opportunity to reinvent your day.
Regular meditation makes you calmer and helps you get tangible thoughts.
Rather than finding answers outside, you start talking to your inner self. Your thoughts are different from others and you can easily lose sight of your original self.
Once you find your missing ideas connect, you’ll come up with original thoughts to write about. All with the help of taking a step back to understand who you are and why you are doing this. Once you are you, who can be you, but you?.
As soon as you finish meditating, start writing and follow the Pomodoro technique.
You can start by reading a book on meditation or you can use the Headspace app. It’s simple, doesn’t take any one’s help and fairly quick to do.
Once you start doing it, don’t quit. You can meditate anytime and anywhere. Simply sit down and close your eyes for a bit and ask questions. Ask yourself questions you need answers to and keep pondering.
I hope you found your preferred strategy to fight writer’s block. You would also find my guide on writing long-form content helpful.
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