Hello writers block!! You know when you want to write something but just draw a blank? Well you’ve come to the right place.
I feel like I have always been a writer of some sort as ever since I can remember I have had a pen in hand and a notebook on the go. As I child I kept journals and wrote stories, as a teenager those journals continued and I was always halfway through a novel. As an adult my journals moved online (hello blogging world!) and more recently it took a more serious turn as I moved into freelance writing and officially became a writer. Though I’m still finding it strange to call myself that!
Suddenly the pressure is on to produce quality content – not just for my clients but for my own blog too – and as many writers I’m sure find, once you HAVE two write, it becomes a little more difficult. The question is, what can we do about it? Well, let me take you through my top 5 tips to overcome writers block.
PERFORM AN EXERCISE IN MINDFULNESS
Think about your week. First of all list 5 things you’re thankful for – your health, a piece of good news, a good memory. Anything you can expand on and write about? Maybe a picture that represents a moment in time you can describe? Next the other side of the coin: list 5 things that didn’t go so well. It’s there something there? A messy play disaster, a renovation gone wrong, how you manage toddler tantrums. All are good sources of material.
WRITE YOUR OWN ARTICLE
Think about the last thing you searched for online and write your own article based on what you learnt. Maybe it was mother in law birthday ideas, or a banana bread recipe, or maybe even the symptoms of chicken pox. Can you turn what you’ve written into a post?
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
It’s common knowledge that the best writing comes from what you know so think about your life: family, work, hobbies. Your readers could be just like you, so your life will resonate with them.
READ THE NEWS
Just a simple app like BBC News will do or maybe take a walk outside to your local shop for some fresh air and buy a newspaper. Are you interested in or feel emotive about any of the topics? If so then go for it! National is great for big topics but don’t overlook your local rag for things more regional to you. These topics will interest any local readers you may have or perhaps even bring in a new local readership that you did not have before.
Positivity has a great influence on our motivation and inspiration so although it sounds cheesy, do a little vision board exercise. It doesn’t have to be a physical vision board but think about where you want to be this time next year. Consider your relationships, your hobbies, your health and your work and jot it all down. If you need a little help then take a look as to how I did my vision board last year. Inspired yet by where you want to be? Or maybe a little daunted? Either way, tell us about it.
What about you? Any more tips to add as to how you have overcome writers block? If so share some in the comments below and I’ll add you in!