Ever had those times when there’s really not much going on in your noggin’, but moments ago ideas were flooding in? Writer’s block is your culprit for putting you into this crazy hair-pulling moment because you want/have/need to write but you can’t.
Here’s a quick tip: Don’t force it.
I tell myself this all the time because I go through writer’s block often than you think and squeezing your brain to write, won’t cut it. Just like one of my readers said in my previous post ‘Maintaining a blog is hard work and needs time’ and it’s a fact, especially if you have other commitments or a schedule to follow through.
So today, I wanted to share with you 7 ways to overcome writer’s block that actually work!
1. Have a notebook and pen handy.
Going back to basics is not such a bad idea as well as taking a break from your computer’s monitor or from scrolling your smartphone. I find it fun to scribble my thoughts for later use on the blog. I find myself checking my notebook often and sometimes is very handy when I’m at a cafe and just want some quiet time away from my phone, but still want to jot down my creative thoughts.
2. Surround yourself with positive/happy things.
Trust me, it will help clear your mind and put you into happy land. And you know what happy does? It makes you want to do greater things and share them. Before you know it, you’re tapping your keys away like a boss!
So treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers, that iced latte you’ve been restraining yourself from having, or what about, make someone’s day? Another thing that gets me all motivated and inspired is reading qoutes, just like this notepad above. It’s very effective, that I can tell you.
3. Step away from social media — (oh the challenge!)
I know you might think, but I want to look for inspiration? Understandable. But did you know that it’s also one of the biggest distractions from blogging? (been there, done that)
Even though your social networking circle brings you traffic, interaction, and promotions, you’re also a LIKE away to getting distracted from what you’re meant to be doing say, writing a blog post.
My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. – Charles Dickens
4. When you’re inspired, get to work… immediately— (Derek Halpern from Social Triggers mentioned this on his Facebook timeline not long ago and I have been sticking to this phrase like glue.)
Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes love to procrastinate and marinate things in my head a little but I always find the outcome to be of a disadvantage in the end. So I ask myself, why do it tomorrow when I can do it today?
5. Go for a walk, listen to music, watch something funny, treat yourself to your favorite or cake.
These are old school unwinding activities that we indulge ourselves in (or sometimes take for granted!) when we’re feeling stressed out. Guess what? Works like a charm! I sometimes blast out my go-t0 chill out songs and enjoy the moment. Never underestimate a catchy song to get you started.
As for cakes, STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS, didn’t you know?
6. Take pictures (or indulge in your favorite hobby)
When I can’t write, whether it’s my beauty review or other types of musings, I take pictures. I snap away to my heart’s content because it gives me positive energy. Lately, taking pictures have become a big part of blogging and my daily routine, in general. It’s like my happy pill!
A big word. My hubby used to tell me when you are committed to something or someone, you make time. The same goes for blogging. If you have prior commitments with brands or companies or your readers, do your best to stick to it. It might be easier said than done (like me losing my flabby belly ha ha, still working on it folks) BUT no one’s going to do it for you if you don’t.
And if none of the above really works…
Take a step back and ask yourself these — why did I start blogging? What is it that I love or miss the most about it? What does blogging mean to me? And if the answers flow freely, write them down and now, publish it. See what you just did there?