Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block
If you have ever struggled to put pen to paper or just stared blankly at a computer screen with bloodshot eyes, you are not alone. While coming up with SEO strategy for our clients, I’ve experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to create content from scratch. Writer’s block can be quite frustrating but by employing a few simple strategies, you can help kick-start your writing.
1. Start With The Right Environment
Set your area up so that it is conducive to your writing, whether at the office, home, or out in the wild. If your home is like mine and chock-full of distractions, it can be difficult to concentrate and a change of environment might be necessary. A local coffee shop or shared workspace can be a great option.
2. Warm Up
Starting with a writing exercise can help to give you a foothold or place to start. While it may send you back to your days in writing class, warm ups can help get the creativity flowing and allow you the freedom to write things you may never write otherwise. A quick Google search for writing prompts or exercises will give you plenty of options to choose from. Here are a couple of my favorites.
3. Get In A Rhythm
There are mixed views on listening to music while writing. I find that listening to specific types of music help me focus — I am partial to music without lyrics, lest I find myself singing along. I usually aim for Lo Fi beats or simple Jazz. The trick is to figure out what works best for you. If you are new to listening to music while writing, browse Spotify, Apple Music, or other music apps to find playlists dedicated to help with “study” or “focus.” Or feel free to use my favorite Spotify playlist for writing.
4. Get Moving
Go for a walk, take a hike, anything to get you moving. Science supports the notion that exercise boosts creative inspiration. A study done by Stanford researchers shows that it doesn’t take much more than a walk to get going. Indoor or outdoor, the environment did not matter, the act of walking itself was the main factor. If you hit a wall in your writing, take a stroll and you’ll be back on track in no time.
5. Just Write
Get words down on paper. The best way to overcome writer’s block is by writing. Type out a line or two. Say anything! Don’t worry about mistakes or spelling errors just yet. Don’t worry if the sentence is perfectly placed or if the formatting is presentable.
Utilize the power of the rough draft, cast the fear to the wind, and tell yourself that it’s okay if it’s rough around the edges. Once you have something written down, you can tweak it and make improvements. All you need is something to work with.
I hope this gave you some ideas on how to tackle your next bout of writer’s block. We are all wired a little differently so play around with these tips and see what works for you. If you feel like you could go a little deeper with your content creation and SEO strategy, we’d be happy to help.