Lack of inspiration thanks to writer’s block is one of the biggest obstacles to staying ahead of the content curve. As someone who (tries) to put out two blog posts per week, it can be easy to fall into a rut with content. On top of multiple weekly blog posts, writer’s block can also hit when it comes to Instagram captions, emails, and more. Over the past few years, I’ve tried to find things that help me cope when I am struggling to find words + inspiration. Here’s are some tips I’ve come up with to help with writer’s block.
Tips for Dealing with Writer’s Block
- Go for a walk to clear your mind. This can be a jog with your dog, stroll through the park, or even just a trip to grab a cup of coffee as a writing treat.
- Put your phone in another room + disconnect from wifi so you have no distractions (unless you need it for research). I try to do as much research as I can before so the pages are already pulled up + I don’t need to fall into the black hole that is Google.
- Just write – spend 10 minutes writing on any topic to tap into your creativity. It can be about your weekend, what you’re grateful for, or why your pupper is the best pupper. Better yet, just start word vomiting what you want out of this post. You can turn it into an outline later.
- Listen to music that focuses you. I’ve got Taylor Swift jamming as I write this.
- Create a writing routine or habit that tricks your brain into focuses. Sitting down in a specific spot with certain music or a certain type of tea can be just the que you need to get started.
- Read content by an author you admire. That can be diving into their Instagram captions or their latest newsletter or op-ed. Rachel Hollis is my go-to.
- Bullet point your ideas + create the content around them after you’ve brainstormed. An outline can be one of the best ways to focus your brain on what you actually want to say.
- See what other people have said on the topic to inspire a unique approach. You certainly don’t want to write something that already exists. Seeing what others have written can inspire you to have a new take on the topic.
- Talk to someone (anyone) about the topic to see what they say. Call your mom or BFF to chat about the topic to see if they have any opinions you may not have considered. If you can’t have a conversation about the topic, listen to one on a podcast or documentary.
- Start with the conclusion. Deciding how you want something to end can help you begin. It is also a great way to ensure your story is cohesive from start to finish.
All writers deal with this issue, so don’t feel ashamed! Even the most veteran writers find themselves less than inspired – even with looming deadlines. I hope the tips above help inspire you to get writing + churn out some amazing posts this month. Once you’re inspired, get ahead! Here’s how I stay ahead of the content curve.