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.
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.”
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.