Ask any blogger, and she will tell you that “writer’s block” has made its appearance more than once in her writing career. Writer’s block, though, does not have to be a stifling, no-I-can’t-possibly-write-this-now condition. Truthfully, it’s part of the process of writing.
So how can you get past writer’s block? Here are four helpful tips:
Understand what writer’s block really is
If you have not read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, be sure to add it to your nightstand. In this book, Pressfield talks about resistance: “We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” Writer’s block is a form of resistance. It’s your ego saying “no you can’t.” Don’t listen to it. You can.
Just start writing
Once you understand that writer’s block is ego’s efforts to curtail your creativity, the best way to combat it is to just start writing. Maybe it’s not the best writing in the world, but put your fingers on the keyboard and pound away. The more you type, the more you’ll push resistance out of your mind. You will regain your energy, confidence and creativity.
It may help to write about something else – just to get the creative wheels turning. So, instead of trying to write that blog post, write an email or a script for a teleclass. Once you get those wheels turning, go back to your blog post, and you will find less resistance to the task at hand.
If it helps, take a moment to get inspired to write. Look back at other blog posts you have written. Read a chapter from your favorite book. Re-read an entry from your journal. Take a short walk around the block. The idea is to get inspired but not to procrastinate. Find inspiration in something that will only take a few minutes of your time, and once you finish it, get writing.
Create an editorial calendar
For many bloggers, writer’s block happens when it’s time to pick a topic. If this happens to you, the best way to combat this block is to have an editorial calendar. Create your editorial calendar at least 30 days in advance. Decide what topics you want to write about and plug them into the appropriate days on your calendar. Take this even further by writing your headline and create a short outline about what you will write about in your blog post. Preparation is a great way to overcome writer’s block before it even occurs.
Writer’s block happens to every writer. For some, it can be crippling, but for most, it’s a speed bump in the road. If you ever feel paralyzed by writer’s block, remember the four tips shared in this blog post. When you realize writer’s block is a form of resistance that you can overcome by writing, inspiration and preparation, your writer’s block will be a passing thing.
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