10 Simple ways to get past writers block
Ideas have been floating in and out of my mind for days about what to write. To be honest, every idea I had sucked! No emotions, no helpful tips, no passion. I had writers block. So I referred back to the list I made in my book. That list consisted of all the ways that usually help me to get past my writers block. Then I realised that it would be the perfect time to share it with you.
We all know how frustrating it is when you so desperately want to post regularly but there’s nothing that you feel passionate about writing. I know I certainly don’t enjoy posting because I feel like I have to. I am never proud of posts that stem from my writers block.
So as sharing is caring, here you go;
1. Forget about your readers.
I know how daunting it is to think about your readers whilst you’re writing a post. It’s a scary thought. Whether you have 2 readers or 50k. So forget they exist for a minute and just start writing down every thought you have. Don’t think about whether your readers will like it or not. Don’t be afraid to have a good rant. There will always be people who don’t agree with you, but you’re not writing for them. You’re writing for you. Writing is emotion. Let it out.
2. Stop scheduling your posts.
Scheduling posts is very popular within the blogger world. And for good reason, it’s a huge help when you have a lot on your plate. But you can’t schedule emotion and passion. If you try to then it may suck the joy out of blogging for you. It’s certainly happened to me.
3. Step out of your comfort zone.
You will be surprised where you can find inspiration. It’s not always from reading the same blogs, the same books, watching the same shows, going to the same places. Step out of your comfort zone. Read blogs that aren’t a part of your niche. Read that book that isn’t from your usual genre. Take a walk through the park that you always walk past, visit an art gallery, walk around a shop that you can’t afford to shop at. Get those creative juices flowing.
4. A change of scenery.
I always tend to lay on the couch with my laptop to write my posts. When I have writers block, looking at the same four walls with the same playlist playing in the back ground, definitely doesn’t inspire me. If you’re lacking inspiration it’s always a good idea to have a change of scenery. Get away from your desk or get off your sofa – go to a cafe, a park, any place that gets you away from your norm. Take your note-book with you.
5. Forget perfect grammar.
Grammar is important of course. But stop putting so much pressure on yourself to make it perfect. We all make mistakes when writing. There is always time to edit. I sometimes find that it’s much easier to have another person read over your post to point out grammar mistakes. I can’t always spot them no matter how many times I read over them. I wrote the post so I know every word, it makes it very hard to find mistakes.
6. Social media break.
Have a look through twitter, instagram, pinterest. You’re bound to find ideas and inspiration. But don’t spend any longer than an hour on there. We all know how easy it is to get swept up in social media for hours.
7. Don’t think about your intro.
I can’t be the only one that spends about half an hour trying to write the ‘perfect’ intro? Most of the time you have your whole post in your head right? Write your entire post then come back to the intro at the end. It’s so much easier to introduce a piece that is already completed.
8. Reread and reread again.
When you have writers block it’s so easy to forget how much of an amazing writer you are. To remind you that your talent hasn’t suddenly disappeared, reread your old posts that you’re most proud of. And keep rereading them until you remember that your incredible ability is still in there.
9. Post ideas.
Sometimes you need a little help to feel inspired, so have a look at idea lists. A lot of bloggers have published a helpful list to give you creative vibes. I will also be publishing one very soon!
10. Be you.
I can guarantee that your passion for writing will plummet if you’re concentrating on being like other bloggers. Your favourite bloggers aren’t popular because they’re the same as all the others, they’re popular because they’re themselves. There is only one of you in this world, stop trying to be like someone else. You’re amazing. So let you shine through.
All my love