5 ways to overcome writer’s block
Creating content can be exhausting, whether it is on social media posts, stories, blogs, or anything else. It is hard to develop new, fresh, and exciting ideas that pull your audience in. There are many times I sit down to create content and I end up staring at my screen. I know I’m not alone in this, but writer’s block is not kind to creators. In my experience, here are five ways that help me overcome writer’s block:
Talk to someone:
I’m not talking about a therapist, but feel free to try that if it works for you. I’m talking about other entrepreneurs, other business owners in your area, just other people. Bounce ideas around, listen to what they say, having meaningless or meaningful conversations. You never know what might spark your next idea. But, the idea is to take your mind off work and take the pressure off thinking about what to write. Enjoy the company and the conversation. I promise something will come from it!
Go read something and it might spark inspiration. It could be a book, a blog, poetry, or even someone else’s content. Just take 10 minutes and read something that could reset your mindset. If you don’t have time to read, consider listening to a podcast! Remember to put anything you read or hear into your own words and give credit where credit is due. Entrepreneurs love sharing their knowledge and experience, but they also love receiving the recognition they deserve!
Love your workspace:
Make your workspace a place you enjoy being. Make it a place that sparks inspiration and ideas and encourages you to work. Declutter, decorate, and add fresh flowers or plants – whatever you like. Make the space your own.
Know your productivity level:
To be productive, it’s essential to know your own work habits. Just because the 9-5 life had you working during those hours, it doesn’t mean that’s when YOU are most productive. If you are more productive in the evening, try arranging your schedule to accommodate that. If family life conflicts with that, try working only two evenings or when the kids go to bed. Working during your productive times often means you don’t have to work as long because you get more done.
Sometimes, you just need to sit down and write to overcome writer’s block. I know it sounds cliché, but sometimes if you just start writing, anything, inspiration will begin to come. Will it be your best work? Maybe not. But, it will get you started and you can then revisit the piece you’re working on and refine the details on another day.
I have to be honest; there really is no magic trick to overcoming writer’s block. What works for one person may not work for another. What works one time may not work the next. But the good news is, there are many ways to overcome it and this is just a shortlist of five of them. Try them and see if they work for you the next time you’re stuck!
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