7 Tips to Overcome Blogging Writer’s Block

If you are a blogger or writer of any kind then you undoubtedly have had your fair share of frustrating moments in front of your computer or notebook. Moments when your mind forms lifeless and dull ideas, your brain is blank and you just can’t seem to focus on anything but the fuzzy thoughts filling your head.

This, my friends, is called writer’s block. It can last for hours, days, weeks, months… forever.

When I first started writing on a more full-time basis I thought that writer’s block was something that affected poets and old English snobs from the eighteenth century. Don’t ask me why, but I really thought it was a myth of some kind. At that time writing seemed to me to be no different than any other job or hobby, you just go and do it when you want to and everything is wonderful and grand.

Oh how I was wrong, silly girl.

Writing takes so much creative energy and brainpower. Accessing your motivated and inspired inner William Shakespeare or  JK Rowling is a lot more difficult than I thought.

One day you are happily typing away and the next… nothing.

So writer’s block happens, maybe it is the first time. Maybe you have been in a rough patch for a few weeks now. Either way, you seemed to have caught the bug and can’t seem to shake the bastard.

Sometimes getting your writing mojo back takes little energy at all. Other times you have to try everything and anything.

Through my own experiences in the creative jail of my mind, I have discovered a few things that have helped me break the chains of oppression and start writing again. I hope these tips can help you in those moments when writer’s block has taken you over.

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1. Read, Read, Read

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
—Samuel Johnson

When you can’t write it may be the perfect time to read. Reading other blogs, articles, and books is a great way to get you motivated and stimulated. Check out a few of your favorite bloggers and read their posts, or pick up a book that you have been meaning to read.

Take inspiration from fellow creatives. Make sure that you are keeping a positive nonjudgmental approach to your reading. Just enjoy and respect the words that someone formed just for you. Don’t compare yourself, just be present and allow your creativity to be reawakened.

A good writer is constantly reading so if you wish to overcome a creative hurdle reading may be your best chance. Immerse yourself in words!

2. Use Quotes

As a blogger, this trick will come in handy for you. I have written full blog posts centered around one idea from one quote. Get a board together on Pinterest and start pinning.

My blog posts are usually inspired by positivity, self-love, and happiness, so I like to gather inspiration from quotes that embody those ideals. This really accelerates my creativity . Give it a try and see if this works for you.

Check out my quote inspirations here!

3. Create a Vision Board

Vision boards are great for your more “hands-on” creatives out there. All you need is a cork board or bristol board, a few magazines, and some glue.

Start by looking through some magazines and cutting out anything that inspires you to write, or reminds you of your blog theme. Then create a beautiful collage of images. Add in some words that encourage you on your vision board also.

When creating the vision board you should always keep in mind what inspires you currently and also the dreams you have for the future when it comes to your writing. This “hands-on” approach help stimulate your creative energies in a powerful way.

Place your vision board in the space that you write most often to further influence you.

4. Free Write

Why not open a blank page and just start writing? What did you do today? What is making you most happy currently? Pissed off? Excited?

You don’t need to publish your ramblings, it can be your own little venting, ranting article. Just the act of writing something can actually get you in the mood to write something of meaning and purpose. Think of it as a kick start to the writing process.

5. Clear your Mind, Relax

Sometimes you just need a break. If you have been pumping out a lot of content, have been feeling stressed, or just feel burnt out when it comes to your blog then maybe what you really need is a breather.

Put away your computer for a few days and unplug completely. Clear your mind and don’t think about the pressure of writing. Return when you are ready, or when you feel like trying some other techniques.

6. Blog Brain Storm

Grab a pen and paper and write down as many ideas as you can think of that you would like to write on your blog. Let the ideas just fly out of your mind, don’t stop to judge your ideas just write everything and anything.

It can be as simple as one word. Inspiration, goals, happiness, self-love, books, makeup.

When you have a list expand on the ones that stand out to you. Then Bam! You have a blog post in the making.

7. Writing Space Remodel

Your writing space should be a great source of inspiration for you, the energy of this space will impact your ability to write greatly. If your space is cluttered or dull then maybe you need to makeover your area.

Clean up your desk, room, kitchen table, wherever it is that you write most often. Implement a few inspiring pieces into that space. Like a vision board for example.


 

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22 COMMENTS

  1. ~~ emzlee :) | 19th Sep 16

    These are absolutely helpful and easy tips! Thank you! 🙂

    • StephJ | 19th Sep 16

      Awesome! I am happy you think so 🙂

  2. perfectbeers | 19th Sep 16

    I like to write on public transport- it’s always more appealing to delve into the stories I’m creating than the reality of sitting on a commuter train.

    • StephJ | 19th Sep 16

      That sounds like a really cool place to write!

  3. Amber | 19th Sep 16

    Love this list. I haven’t hit writer’s block with my blog yet, since it’s not even 2 months old yet, but I know it will come sometime. Thanks for sharing.

    • StephJ | 19th Sep 16

      Hopefully your creativity will just keep flowing and you will never need to use these tips 🙂

  4. BellamyzBlogzThingz | 19th Sep 16

    Definitly Great Tips!💯
    ThnQ for Sharing!
    Hugz, Miss B💋💋💋

  5. Kaitlyn | 20th Sep 16

    Wonderful post! So helpful:)

  6. Samantha Nicole | 20th Sep 16

    I love this! I have struggled with writer’s block and it always helps me to take a break and relax.

  7. Vaishnavi | 20th Sep 16

    Oh so true! We’ve all been there. Great tips to overcome the moron.

    I’ve also headed over to quora and some of the other question forums to take stock of what pressing questions, my target audiences have, just so I can answer them thru my posts.

    Love your vision board. Am going to create one right away!

  8. Jenny's Notes Blog | 20th Sep 16

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am sure that nearly all of us can relate! I have already experienced the writer’s block once and just waited for it to pass. Had I known these wonderful tips, I could spare considerable amount of time and start writing much earlier. Will turn back to your post as soon as I have a similar problem again!

  9. kara | 20th Sep 16

    These are really great tips. I’ve been having a tough time writing/creating during my last few posts. Pinning this to come back to later 🙂

  10. Christina | 20th Sep 16

    Wonderful post! Having writer’s block is not fun and these are all great tips to overcome that. Thanks for posting this!
    xo. Christina
    http://www.roadtoparenthood.com

  11. Beth Shankle Anderson | 21st Sep 16

    I love my Vision Board! It gives me inspiration when I need it!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  13. zhyxtheman | 1st Oct 16

    Have a pretty nasty writer’s block on a horror feature script. At the halfway point now. Thanks for this. Was a big help.

    • StephJ | 1st Oct 16

      Oh awesome, yes I hope it helps! For a horror feature, I would recommend watching some horror films to jump start the terror within haha. Cheers!

  14. Kash Pals | 19th Oct 16

    Thanking you for these tips. I am going through writers block currently and found your post useful. 🙂

    • StephJ | 19th Oct 16

      Awesome! I hope it can help. Happy writing 🙂

  15. TrainOfThought | 3rd Nov 16

    So good, I had to pin it!

    • StephJ | 3rd Nov 16

      Awesome! Thanks for saving, I hope you find it useful 🙂

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