Top Five Ways of Curing Your Writer’s Block

by jasmine on January 19, 2011 · 21 comments






Top Five Ways of Curing Your Writer's Block

Everybody gets stumped on an idea once in awhile, regardless of what the subject matter of your blog is. After all, there is only so much news you can squeeze out of Lindsay Lohan and her rehabilitation drama, right?

The bad news is that a writer’s block can be a pretty serious ailment particularly if you are looking to improve your website ranking. If you are really serious about your website, remember that top bloggers are top bloggers simply because they have the ability to churn out new material at a consistent pace.

Tip 1: Make Other People Do the Thinking for You

You might be stuck in a void of empty thoughts, but the rest of the world is not. This means that the mission of writing your blog post based on a popular topic is as easy as looking at Google Hot Trends. When in doubt, interview someone else who has an opinion. The more popular the interviewee, the better for your traffic flow.

Tip 2: Make a List Post

Lists are probably the most powerful writing tools bloggers can wield because any topic can be made into a list (including this article of Top Five Ways of Curing Your Writer’s Block). If you’re looking for a way of integrating links from other sites into your blog, create a list to cross link seamlessly into other websites. The best thing about lists is that there are no rules to making lists.
You could make a hilarious list and it could go viral on its own. On the other hand, you could also write a very solid list of useful tips and be assured of constant traffic flow from readers around the Internet looking for a list just like yours.

Tip 3: Stop Writing (For Awhile)

So you’ve done your due diligence and familiarized yourself with the hottest topics on the Internet. If you feel like everything that could be said about something has already been said, it is time to take a break.

Let’s be honest, chasing the sweet spot at the top of the search engine ranks requires bloggers to constantly think out of the box so often that you are bound to come across blank pages in your head.

Push your chair back, take a shower and turn your back on your computer for a little while. We promise that it’ll still be there tomorrow, provided that you have robust house locks.

Tip 4: Start Reading (For Awhile)

Just like how an artist gains inspiration by walking through a museum full of artwork, you too need to submerge yourself into other works by other great bloggers of the same niche. Websites that run the latest news are also considered essential reading as nobody wants to read outdated information, no matter how well written it is.

Take a look at your archive of past written blogs as well as this can achieve two things. First of all, you’ll be impressed with your own body of work and secondly, you may just get inspiration from your own writing.

Tip 5: Just Write Already!

Ask any seasoned writer and they will tell you that the trick to continuous writing is exactly that – keep writing, even when you don’t feel like it. A great method of inducing your brain into the Writing Zone is to be disciplined during your writing hours.

Fix a time and place where all you do is – write, even when there is nothing to write about or if you simply can’t think of anything to write. Sit at your desktop and doodle, write anything at all until an idea hits you.

When you have successfully created your latest blog masterpiece, congratulate yourself and then continue writing another blog post because who knows when the writer’s block will strike again?



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{ 17 comments }

Steve January 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Jasmine,

All of these are great ideas. There are also ways to keep from ever getting blocked in the first place.

1. Keep an idea book: the idea here is to write down any ideas that pop in your head whenever and wherever you go. You not believe the amount of times I thought of an idea at the grocery store and wrote it down. Right now my idea book has about 150 post ideas scribbled in it randomly. whenever I need want to search the book find my perfect idea.

2. Keep a swipe file. This is usually a file of basic titles and ideas. It is absolutely not meant to steal the title or idea,but similar to your #1. It should just be some thing that gets the creative juices flowing and helps you to come up with a fresh approach to whatever idea you looking at.

Just a couple of additions to your great list. :)
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Jasmine January 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

You are right, noting down whatever thoughts you have in a notebook, or even in your mobile phone’s notepad is a good way to keep from ever getting blocked of ideas!
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Alex January 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hey Jasmine,

Great points, I wanted to say about the swipe file and taking notes while you walk on the streets, or watching tv and store them on your phone or a blocknotes, but Steve beat me to it.

One more good thing you could do, if you have a blog is to write a lot of snippets and save drafts when you have inspiration and when you have a writers block, just read one or all of those drafts until something clicks. When I read my notes, even when my mind is completely void I still manage to write something!

Have a great one!
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Jasmine January 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Trust me, my blog has lots of drafts.
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tushar January 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm

thanks…i needed it badly….right now i am suffering from writer’s block
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Heather C Stephens January 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi Jasmine,

Great minds think alike today. I wrote about the same topic. I love your idea to read our past blog posts and I love the suggestion to interview someone else! All good suggestions!

Heather
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Mike January 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I agree with Steve. One key point to succeed in IM is to watch how other people are doing stuff, and not only watching them, you can make a note to your note book, keep swap files to enhance your IM skills. For instance, I often keep bookmarks of popular blog posts in other blogs to research about how they write their content, what makes that blog post so unique, headlines ideas and so on. These swap files are really help in terms of increasing your experience and later, you can sell it for a profit. Hope that’s some kind of idea :)

Murlu January 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

You’re exactly right Jasmine

When writer’s block sets in – it’s the worst. Each of these definitely help in the long run if you can keep up with them. Like Steve said, having a journal helps immensely. I also like to do #3 all the time because it lets my mind freshen up so I can come back to my writing with a passion – I’m able to experience events which ultimately get integrated into my blog posts :)
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Jasmine January 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Yeah, you don’t have to write everyday… just like myself, I took the day off and enjoyed some badminton with my mates. :)
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The Bad Blogger January 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

I believe writers block are mostly cause by two things… first, you don’t know your subject cold which eventually you do not know what to write, secondly, you want to get it perfect, in other words to get the sentence being read as smooth as possible… well, the trick to stop writers block is to keep writing, seriously… write whatever that comes to your mind, forget about formal structure, forget about proper grammar, and forget about trying to sound “professional”, just damn write even if it sound funny, because once you had done writing, you will had a chance to slowly edit them… I believe this is probably the best way ever to really stop writer’s block… I have a post written about it, if you want the link just reply to this comment… and I almost forgot… thanks for sharing some other ideas…
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Prasenjit January 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

I think it is a very good idea to stop writing and start reading for a while. That way we can get to know whats going on outside the world. Good write up.

Prasenjit.
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William Tha Great January 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hey jasmine,

Thanks for the fantastic article!

You give good advice for curing writers block. Being a blogger is a tough job, because we have to be able to come up with constant top quality content on a regular basis. There is no time for us to sit back and chill. Having to write so much there is always the chance of getting the dreaded writers block. Point number 5 usually works best for me whenever i get writers block.

I just write and piece my thoughts together later. I’m more of a write now organize later type of person.

Just my 2 cents.

Thanks again!

God bless,
William Veasley
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Eugene January 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I think reading other people’s blogs is essential. That way you not only get ideas for your writing, but you can also learn, stay updated, and build community.

I do a different take on the journal idea. If I have an idea, and do not have time to write it out at the moment, I will post a title and some key points down into a post and save it as a draft. That way, when I feel like I haven’t updated my blog in a while but don’t know what to write about, I can go through my drafts and see what I thought of before.

Also, if I’m feeling EXTRA creative one day. I can pump out multiple posts in a row and only publish one. That way when I hit some writer’s block I have posts waiting to be published already.
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Lucy January 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

Take a breather, that’s what I do. Writer’s block kills me, it can difficult going back to the pace. So I stop for a while, relax and maybe go out. Going out of the house can be the best way to get new inspiration.
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Mavis Nong January 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Hey Jasmine,

I love the idea of interviewing someone else. I find planning ahead helps and it keeps writer’s block at bay.

Thanks for sharing your insights, Jasmine.

All the best,
Mavis
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mel from professional writing February 28, 2011 at 3:46 am

Being a blogger is a tough job, because we have to be able to come up with constant top quality content on a regular basis. There is no time for us to sit back and chill.

Writer’s block kills me, it can difficult going back to the pace.So I stop for a while, relax and maybe go out.Going out of the house can be the best way to get new inspiration.

Olusegun March 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

The 3rd tip has helped me so many times and i love to use it. Nice share.

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