How to overcome writers block
You know the feeling you are writing a blog post and then everything comes to halt as you do not know what to say or you want to break ice and start posting but you don’t know what to say. Here are some practical tips to make your blogging posts easier.
Implement a writing schedule
Start off by getting together a calendar or simply use your diary or calendar on your email programme and mark off times in the day where you could write maybe few posts and stick to it, start off by writing one or maybe two general posts every few days and stick to it. I know there are some days when you are too busy or you got too much on your mind, maybe you have too much going on at work, a poorly child or dependent adult to look after or simply the stresses of every day life but stick with it.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Remember its not like running a marathon and its not the end of the world if you don’t post for a few days. Don’t loose sleep by staying up till 3am getting posts done or waking at 6am to post on blogger or wordpress. Also don’t be too hard on yourself if your grammar needs polishing up.
Think of writing as regular job
Plan what you are gonna write about, draft it and then preview your post and then finally press the publish and submit. If you need edit it do it when you’re viewing as general member of the public or reader. But do not quit your own job just to work on your blog.
Take time off.
Maybe it could be that you need to take a break from blogging for a bit it could be a few days or a few weeks, your blog will still be there when you get back. But you may have to write down your password and user name and keep it somewhere safe. I have learnt from experience lol 🙂
Set deadlines and stick to them
If you are like me you’re probably leaving everything to the last minute and it can feel a bit stressful and you will find yourself missing relevant information or simply writing rubbish just to save time. Plan your writing posts and set deadlines to get posts completed.
Examine deep reasons.
There maybe a variety of reasons you cannot post at the moment. It could be personal issues affecting your concentration like problems with family, friends and work colleagues. Work issues that need to addressed.
Work on more than one project.
You may find that you need to work on something else, it could be another writing project or something completely different like cookery but working on more than one project helps to switch from one thing to another. It can also relief boredom.
Try out writing exercises.
Writing exercises may remind of your school days but writing exercises can help you free your mind and loosen up.
Consider writing space.
Is your chair and desk comfortable and is the space well lit? Think about writing in a coffee shop or a library if you can’t stand the noise of too many people and the coffee machine. Carry a small notepad/notebook with you in your bag or coat pocket jot down any notes or ideas that spread to mind.
Remember why you started blogging and writing in the first place.
It maybe a place where you felt relieved after a hard day in the office at work, just think about why you started writing in the first place and imagine you back in that place.
Write about something you are interested in.
No point in writing about a subject you find really boring, you will not want to continue writing and do not write about something you don’t feel comfortable in writing. Always do your research on a particular subject and use references if you need to back up what you are saying.
Make sure you make use of the “save draft” option on your software as you never know when there could be a powercut or the internet connection goes down