Do you suffer from writer’s block?
Writer’s block tends to occur at the most inconvenient times, often when the pressure is on in the form of a deadline. Of course, this makes it all the more distressing when you simply can’t overcome writer’s block.
Blogger’s writer’s block is also quite common. It most frequently arises when a blogger has extensively written on a single topic, which makes it increasingly more difficult to come up with writing ideas as time passes.
Fortunately, there are a few tips that can be used to overcome writer’s block. Consider the following bits of advice from a seasoned writer, blogger and journalist.
Overcome Writer’s Block by Reading
It’s no coincidence that the most effective, successful writers are also prolific readers!
So start reading content, articles or stories that discuss a similar topic that you wish to write about. You can also read articles or content that uses a similar writing style that you plan to utilize.
You can read your own work or others’ work. Really take the time to consider what you’re reading. What aspects of the topic could you explore in greater depth? What related questions arise in the reader’s mind as they’re reading the piece? What related content would the reader be interested in reading?
Reading your own content or others’ writings can be an effective way to generate new ideas. In the case of creative writing, simply reading others’ works can serve as wonderful inspiration, which will allow you to overcome writer’s block with ease.
Analyze Your Keyword Analytics
Reviewing your blog or website’s keyword analytics can serve as an effective method for pushing past writer’s block.
Start by reviewing keyword analytics via Google Analytics in your Webmaster Tools interface or even a simply analytics plugin on WordPress, like Jetpack Stats. Look at the keyword analytics — that is, the terms that are entered into search engines in order to arrive at your content — and analyze these terms relative to the article or post that you’ve previously written.
This process helps you get inside the reader’s mindset. Often, you’ll find that these keyword phrases are indicative of questions or concerns that aren’t effectively addressed in the existing content. So pick a few of the keywords and use these to inspire a new article, blog post or other content.
If you’re writing web content, don’t forget to interlink your new content with relevant articles or content that you’ve previously authored.
Just Start Writing to Overcome Writer’s Block
Simply start writing and see where it takes you! When you have a deadline, the stress and high-stakes nature of the project can cause you to over-think the writing project, which is a sure-fire recipe for writer’s block.
So just begin writing. If you’re unsure of where to start, simply begin with a stream of consciousness writing exercise where you begin writing whatever comes to mind. Don’t pay attention to grammar or flow or any of the mechanics. Just begin writing and before you know it, you’ll have a fabulous concept for your next piece.
Other Tips to Avoid Writer’s Block
Writers can also turn to their own experiences as fodder for content, even in the case of non-fictional, fact-based writing projects. Think of a question or topic that you recently Googled or another subject that you’ve been wondering about. Research the topic and start writing!
In addition, start a notebook or a note on your mobile phone where you can record writing ideas as they arise. This way, you’ll have a fresh batch of content ideas, perfect for avoiding writer’s block.