Techniques to Overcome Writer’s Block
There are times when you simply cannot generate anymore writing topics. Your mind refuses to cooperate and you end up with blanks, or half-hearted, already written suggestions.
Overcoming writer’s block can be a challenge that everyone faces, including the top bloggers and writers. Inspiration is random and likes to strike at often inconvenient times.
However, it is not impossible to always have topics on hand to write.
What Causes Writer’s Block?
Ideas come from your surroundings; they are generated by the stimulus you experience as you move through your life. Many people will say that they do not draw inspiration from life directly, but all of your experiences influence your writing in some way, small or expansive.
The idea behind overcoming writer’s block is to control the stimuli that you have control over, and manipulate them to generate fresh ideas. You can manipulate the stimuli around your environment in many ways.
By using the resources around you, it is easy to create a more inspiring environment.
Techniques to Overcome Writers Block
Change Your Surroundings: If you constantly
blog write at your desk, chances are you get burned out faster than others, especially if you’re out of range of a window.
A good way to get the creative juices flowing is to change your setting. Altering your environment will allow new influences to reach you, and you’ll find yourself looking at things in a new perspective and generating new ideas.
Keep Inspiration in a Bottle: If you insist on writing at your desk at all times (how boring!) or you simply cannot change your work area, then a good idea is to keep some inspiration in a bottle.
If you love maps, then post some up around your work area. Make your desktop a picture of a beautiful landscape, or have your favorite writing playlist loaded into itunes for instant play. Keeping inspiration around will help you get into the writing mode.
Put Ideas on the Back-burner: When you find that the ideas really are flowing, the best way to keep them for the future is to write them down!
You cannot remember everything, and you will kick yourself when you lose that one fantastic idea because you didn’t take the time to record it. You should always write down ideas when the opportunity strikes even if it’s in the middle of night.
Have a Conversation: People are inherently interesting. If you take the time to talk to other people, you may find that they spark an idea that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own. Talking to another person can be an amazingly inspiring activity, especially if it is one of your good friends!
Read Something Printed: This one is a biggy! Too many bloggers nowadays feel the need to read upwards of 50+ blogs to do “research.”
Printed materials are valuable because of the quality they inherently have and what’s more, they are edited for quality by people who know what they’re doing. You can get insight on millions of topics with fantastic in-depth information. Learning to use books and printed materials as inspiration will help you overcome writer’s block and avoid regurgitating material.
Read Through Your Past Writings: Using “sequential” writing is an amazing way to generate new ideas. Take a look at the last post you wrote and lead off of it into another area of information. Expanding on your previous ideas not only ties your content together, but gives you various “content trials” that you can follow through.
In this way you can generate idea-after-idea!
Take a Break: At the end of the day, sometimes you need to call it “quit” and just move onto something else. Spending hours upon hours writing or brainstorming will drain you – and fast!
Learning how to manage relaxation with work is essential to maintaining top writing form.
Writer’s block afflicts every writer at one point or another. Through utilizing brainstorming techniques and manipulation your environment, you can easily overcome the block and generate thousands of ideas!
Now it’s you turn. When you experience writer’s block, what do you do to overcome it?