There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block: 5 True and Tried Facts About Overcoming This Issue

Writer’s block is an excuse. It’s your way of finding a reason not to write, but guess what, you’re not fooling anyone. That’s not to say you won’t ever feel a little stuck, of course, you will. You’ll find yourself feeling like you’re slamming your head into a brick wall and like there’s no way around, over or through it.

You’re not alone. Every writer who has ever worked feels stuck at some point. Feeling stuck is just another piece of the writing process puzzle. That’s why we’ve compiled five true and tried methods to help you come unstuck.

5 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

  1. Step Away from the Keyboard and Do Anything Creative

We know writing itself is a creative process, but your brain needs the chance to explore other outlets. Step away from whatever you are writing and make a scrapbook, paint, or even build something. Spend time on another creative project for a couple of hours and then head back to your writing. When I’m stuck, I start a mosaic project, listen to my favorite music or just sit down with a book and switch off for a little while. Jumping to other activities activates my creativity. The secret is to keep exercising the creative part of your brain and eventually you’ll find your writing ideas come flowing back.

  1. Eliminate Distractions

Unplug the internet and turn off your phone. Tidy up your workspace while you’re at it since a cluttered desk can confuse the mind. Next, block off time just for writing. Ask everyone to honor your space so you can write for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

  1. Write Down Ideas as They Pop Up

Not being able to come up with an idea is a horrible feeling. The best way to overcome this form of writer’s block is to have plenty of ideas ready to go. Ideas pop up when you least expect it, and you should always rush to archive them. Use your smartphone to note ideas, or carry a notebook and pen everywhere you go.

  1. Be Far Enough Ahead to Work on Whatever You Want

Many writer’s report their writer’s block being a case of feeling stuck while working on a piece of writing. If you have more than one assignment you’re working on, be far enough ahead of your schedule that you can work on the project you feel most inspired by today. If you only have one type of project, try to diversify your writing responsibilities to avoid unnecessary writer’s block and increase your productivity. If you have to, create writing exercises for yourself – be it a blog, poetry, or any other niche you like working on.

  1. Don’t Dread the Deed

Writer’s block, or rather, writer’s excuses, are too often rooted in fear. You are scared that what you write won’t be good enough. It is a debilitating dread, but you can get past it by not allowing yourself the time to feel insecure. Just sit down and start writing, even if you’re not confident in your abilities. Time spent stalling is far better spent writing, even if you throw that first draft out. You’re probably already at your keyboard, so just get started!

That’s it, no more excuses! You’re at your keyboard right now, so feel free to share your ideas for overcoming writer’s block in the comments below, we look forward to reading them.

A Writer’s Perspective: How I Learned to Create Blogs that Create Engagement

Do you struggle to create an engaging blog? It’s like the ideas are there, but you’re just not exciting readers. They’re not coming back for more.

I’ve been there.

It’s not a case of writer’s block. The words are coming. They’re just refusing to come together in a melodious dance that gets everyone on the dance floor.

There’s tons of free writers’ advice out there. There’s plenty of writing tips from great writers.

What I want to do is share some of the things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me to create engaging blogs.

How to Be a Better Writer

Tip 1: Short and Sweet is a Treat

Writing long paragraphs is boring. Readers will roam off to find easier stuff to read.

I’ve found that unless my blog article has even a tidbit of advice, readers don’t know why they bothered clicking on it.

Keep things short and sweet. Long paragraphs aren’t going to impress the masses.

Tip 2: Changing Voices

Do you find yourself switching between 1st, 2nd and 3rd perspective? It’s a common mistake. It can take a trained eye to spot switching from “I” to “one” to “we.”

What I do once I’ve finished writing a post is go back and read through each paragraph as a standalone section. It helps to ensure I’m not switching between voices. This is one of the best pieces of writer’s advice I was ever given.

Tip 3: Silly Spelling Errors

Nip mistakes in the bud. I do this during the writing phase. I’m really careful with spelling mistakes like “its and it’s” or “their and there.”

The odd slip won’t lose a lot of readers, but making typos and simple grammar errors is eventually going to annoy people. And you will lose credibility.

Tip 3: R U Using TXT Talk?

If you’re just starting out and want to learn how to start writing, stay away from text speak. It was created to save character space on mobile phones. It has its place in this world, just not on blogs.

Tip 4: Proofread Later 

As soon as I’ve finished a blog, I put it away for a little while. If I try to proofread it while it’s still fresh in my mind, I find myself skimming it instead of giving it the critical eye it deserves.

If you want to know how to be a better writer: proofread! But put your blog away for a couple of days and then bring it out again. Go over it line by line not only for grammar and typos, but for flow, too.

Some of the best writer’s advice I’ve been given is to consciously concentrate on one line at a time. It helps me pick up anything I didn’t catch earlier on and it’s a chance to improve the quality of the post.

If you want to become a better writer, it’s during this phase that you can also check for contradictions. Take a look at the content or message of your post. You may not have realized you contradicted yourself in paragraphs three and seven.

Tip 5: The Best Tip for Writers from Writers: Write About Your Passions

A good writer, or blogger, remembers to start with content first. So I need to have something to say before my writing can actually start.

I write about things I’m passionate about. I love writing – so I write about it. If your passion is apps, sport or finance, write about it.

Confucius said, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I think about this every time I sit down to pen a post.

Conclusion

This is just a tiny bit of writer’s advice to help you with how to start writing.

If you want to create engaging blogs that get people talking and that generate leads, talk to us about creating your stellar blog content.