7 Ways To Combat Brain Freeze or Writer’s Block!

Girl Thinking Of An IdeaOk, so the next task is to… write a new post?

No problem, sounds easy enough to rattle this off PDQ?

What to write about with the criteria being… Something relevant to my newly built website.

Which will be about why having a website is important to a business?

Am new to this setting-up-a-website gig, so not much of a clue…

Maybe, how to ‘do whatever’ to keep a website relevant?

Apparently, ‘Content Is King’ so perhaps start there.

NOPE… total brain freeze or writer’s block!

YEAH! There’s my new post topic!

 

1. Try To Relax…

Anxiety can be a major cause of writer’s block, as illustrated above!

Many times a self-imposed deadline… ‘got to get a blog post published today’, is all it takes to activate brain-freeze.

Again, if life is stressful and time is short, the pressure to write good copy first time can be intimidating.work-life-balance

Difficult to perform perfection on demand?

Ask yourself a couple of pertinent questions…

Do you have a place where you feel relaxed?

Try and go there to clear your head and take a few minutes.

Breathe calmly, try to forget mundane everyday chores and…

 

2. Eliminate as many distractions as possible…

It can be VERY annoying trying to think, let alone write meaningfully with people milling about, asking questions or expecting attention.

Music, TV, texts, emails and an accumulation of other daily intrusions will all try to take your attention from the importance of populating your website with relevant, interesting blog posts ‘SEO-ing’ away whilst you sleep, shop or just enjoy yourself!

Again, finding a ‘peaceful place’ where you can think, concentrate on the task in hand and it can become a regular ‘writing den’ is a very useful commodity.

 

3. Ask yourself the important questions… Why and What?

found-a-good-ideaWhy are you writing this particular blog post?

What result do you want to achieve from your readers accessing this information?

Sometimes it is easier to ‘work backwards’ from your perceived end result…

If I want my reader to buy this product, then what problem could this item solve for them?

Write your post as if it’s for someone you know, a good friend, family member or even yourself!

Convince them that this product is the answer to their problem.

Job done!

 

4. Looking for inspiration can evolve into procrastination!

How many times have I decided to go looking on the internet to find inspiration for a blog post topic… only to find myself half an hour later on Pinterest randomly looking at recipes for chocolate cookies or scrolling through cute kid videos.

Not things I would do in the normal course of a day!

So, I need a substitute to this self-sabotage… using incentives is a great way to turn procrastination from a negative mindset into a positive attitude!

Look at your latest post topics and decide if you need to continue with the same topic or is it time to move to writing about a different area of your niche?

Instead of viewing this task as too daunting, narrow it down to simple attainable goals, rather than a larger vague plan.

 

5. When in doubt, make an outline, list all your ideas.

set-your-goals-on-paperWhen you have established goals, this will make the task less daunting and much more attainable.

Create a timeline and a schedule to achieve your task.

Sometimes this can be easier to manage by breaking the whole task into smaller chunks.

If you find that it helps to set a deadline always give yourself a bit of leeway timewise.

In case something unexpected happens, you will still have time to complete your task!

 

6. Stop judging yourself while you’re writing…

It is so easy to drive yourself to distraction, reading and re-reading drafts of your blog post striving for perfection.

Sadly, there is no such thing and as the saying goes… ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’!

Everyone will make up their own mind about the piece that you have written, some will love it and others might give it a ‘meh, s’ok’!

But you might need to find a balance where you feel that…

  • It is covering all the points you were looking to pass on to your readers.
  • It’s grammatically correct .
  • And friendly enough that people will feel happy to comment or ask for further advice!

My advice is to just write and get everything in your head down on the page.

If you keep stopping and reading, then you are likely to get caught up in a cycle of ‘not good enough… rewrite that bit’.

Best to write the post, have a break or continue with your day. Come back to it later, read it with a clear head and then edit if necessary.

 

7. KISS – Keep It Simply Significant…

Focus on getting your main point across.

Make sure that you have included all the relevant points that you set out in your original outline and that you haven’t rambled on too long!

Have you found yourself unable to move further with your writing because you have strayed from your original goals?

Sometimes, I find that I have ‘written myself into a corner’ and I need to return to my outline to ‘reset’ myself!

But… the most important aspect of all this is to keep to a niche that you love or understand and then you will write with feeling.

Your readers will enjoy what they are reading as they have chosen your post to learn, buy or be entertained.

Then they will return

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And You’ll Have Hit ‘Writer’s Block’ Out Of The Park!

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Discover your passion and enjoy the adventure!

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