You have finally decided to write for your blog and everything is going according to plan. You are consistently publishing blog posts and creating content for your visitors and customers.
But while you are in the middle of writing your new content, your mind suddenly freezes. You cannot think of anything to continue what you have started.
Don’t panic. Even the best writers have experienced this. Writer’s block is manageable if you know how to handle it.
When writer’s block happens to you, never say “I’m not fit to be a writer.” Never give up. Because it’s normal to experience this. You just need to take your mind off what you are writing first and do something else.
But how can you take your mind off of your work? What can you do to get your muse back and get your writing juice flowing right back through your mind?
Today, I will show you 15 surefire ways to conquer writer’s block. So the next time you experience it, just follow one or two in the list below and you’ll be back on your way to finishing another piece of information-packed content.
1. Take a break
When you don’t know how to continue, take a break from writing. Take a short nap, or do your errands, and do not think about your writing.
You can also drink coffee or tea, or eat a meal. Sometimes, you can’t think clearly if you are sleepy or haven’t had enough to eat.
If you have other tasks to do, finish those instead. Once you feel like you can write again, get your pen and notebook, or open your laptop and go back to where you left off.
2. Engage in a relaxing activity
Do yoga. An easy run or walk in the park is also nice. Or you can sit back and listen to your favorite songs.
Whatever you like to do to relax, do it. You can even dance and sing along with your favorite playlist. You can cook or bake. Or you can paint or draw.
Engaging in your favorite hobby or pastime will help clear your mind from unnecessary noise, leave you open for more creativity, and get you back into writing mode.
3. Read your previous work
Take a time-out and read previous content that you have written. Something in your content might spark an idea that will help you continue on with your current work.
Your previous work will also remind you of the time and effort that you put in to finish it. This will motivate you not to give up on writing and overcome your writer’s block.
4. Read your favorite writer’s work
When your muse leaves you, take inspiration from your favorite writer. Hold off from your own writing for a while and start reading the works of your favorite writer.
Take inspiration from their writings and maybe you can get an idea or two that you can use and develop in your own work.
5. Write about anything else
Write about anything outside your current project. It can be as serious as your life experience, or as silly as writing about you catching your dog eating your meal.
Write about the rain outside, or describe in writing that family portrait on your wall.
Getting your mind off your current topic and writing about something else can take away your writer’s block while still exercising your writing skills.
6. Move on to the next part
When you are stuck on an idea, leave it for awhile and continue on to the next part of your content.
Along the way, an idea will spark that will help you complete the idea that you temporarily left behind.
Or you can complete the rest of your content and go back and finish the idea that you were previously stuck with. This way, you will have direction and know how to continue with the idea after you have finished writing everything else.
7. Go to a different setting
A change of scenery may be exactly what you need to get your creative juices flowing again.
Get up from your desk, bring your notebook and pen or laptop, then head to your favorite coffee shop. You can also work in a library or in a co-working space.
If your desk is too cluttered to work on, clean it off. It might be the reason why your mind is cluttered, too. So create a nice space and you can work on your desk the next time.
8. Work by a different schedule
It’s summer and your desk is facing directly to the bright sunlight. Try flipping your days, and you can finish your errands first during the daytime and work on your content later.
Or maybe your child always clings to your leg every afternoon, so set your work schedule during the morning when your kid is attending school, or during the evening when your child goes to sleep.
Sometimes a change of schedule will work wonders for getting you writing again.
9. Don’t edit while you write
Editing while writing will disturb the flow of your thoughts.
Just write freely. Write whatever comes to mind. Finish everything first. And only after you’re done should you start editing.
Dedicate time at the end to put all the parts in their correct sequence, check spelling and grammar, and think of the perfect headline. And voila, you have created another work of art.
10. Know when to give up on an idea
Sometimes, nothing comes to mind when you are writing about an idea because that idea can’t support what your content is about, or is not related to the content topic.
You have continued writing a sentence or so but ended up deleting it again because it just doesn’t add up.
Maybe you have written a whole lot about it, and spent a lot of time on it already, but you have to learn to let go if that idea is not meant to be a part of your content.
11. Take a short trip
If you have been working on a lot of content already and you just can’t finish the current piece, maybe you should take a break by going on a short outing or vacation.
Your parents or close friends will be very happy to see you again. You should visit them for a day or two and spend time with them.
When your mind is clear from all the clutter and you feel energized after your visit to your loved ones, you are now ready to get back to writing again.
12. Read a book or a magazine
Entertaining yourself by reading a book or magazine will help you relax and stop your mind from getting stuck on the thoughts that only clutter.
Reading will also help you learn more and inspire you, and who knows, maybe you will read a part of the book or an article in the magazine that you can use for your current writing.
13. Do more research
You are stuck on an idea maybe because you don’t really know much about it. Take a break from writing and read more about the idea. See if articles about the idea agree with your opinion and weave that information into your idea until you are finished and satisfied with it.
But as I said before, you have to learn to let go. If you have researched well about that idea, but nothing in your research supports that idea, then it is time to ditch it and move on to the next part.
14. Don’t panic
Most of the time, experienced writers interpret writer’s block as fear.
Feeling fear of failure and rejection keeps you from writing, because you think that your readers and critics will mock your work, or worry that it’s just not good enough. But writers were not born perfect, in fact, nobody is. You just have to try and practice all the time until you become who you want to be: a respected authority in your field.
Recognizing that you are your own worst enemy will help you open your eyes to see what your real faults are in writing. Critique your own work and strive harder to get it right the next time.
15. Write not for your audience but for a loved one
You feel pressured and always think about whether your readers and followers will like your article. That is why while you are still in your early draft, you feel the need to be perfect for them. This can be paralyzing. But as a writer, you have to share what you know and what your experiences are about the topic and write everything, without worrying if your audience will like your work or not.
Follow what John Steinbeck, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, advised: “Pretend that you’re writing not to your editor or to an audience or to a readership, but to someone close, like your sister, or your mother, or someone that you like.”
Writing is like walking into the unknown. Yes, it can be very scary. But writer’s block is something you can overcome. Conquer that brick wall that is keeping you from writing your next masterpiece. Learn how to walk through it. See which techniques from the list above are the most effective for you, and use them every time you experience creative blocks.
Write about everything that runs through your mind about a particular topic, embrace messiness, and in the end you will put everything in place and create something satisfying and beautiful. This is way better than not trying at all.