Eight Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block
“I overcome writer’s block by switching to a different project.” –Isaac Asimov
Writer’s block happens to the best of us. It is not the fault of our brains slowing down due to age. It is common and good writers and bloggers develop “Cheat sheets” to list tools to help get back on track. In Part 1 of this series, we covered seven tools to help you “crash through the wall.”
Here are eight more tools for you to use.
- Have regular topic brainstorming sessions:
Coming up with topics on the fly is hard. If you don’t already have that great idea when you sit in front of the screen, you may find yourself dumbfounded, distracted and the next thing you know, a few hours have gone by.
Instead, set aside time each week or each month to brainstorm topic ideas. Once you get one idea, it’s easier to come up with more ideas. Put the list where you can easily access it when you hit a “dry” period.
- Reintroduce old topics and give a new reason to read it:
When you’re super busy, you may not have time to write something new. But if you’ve been blogging for a while, certainly you have a nice library of great posts that much of your audience has probably never seen.
Let’s say you’ve been talking to your readers about the importance of composting and your readers are really responding to this. Maybe you wrote 5 posts on the topic in the past 3 years. This is the perfect opportunity to point your readers to those posts. It’s likely new information for them, but even if they read it before, it’s a great refresher and extra exposure for your existing content.
- Interview someone:
Instead of you answering the questions all the time, interview someone else. You can interview popular bloggers or experts in your niche, bringing your readers some new perspective and valuable content. You can even ask your readers to help you with the questions you’ll ask in the interview, so they can be part of the interview process as well.
- Conduct a case study:
A case study allows you to showcase a client’s experience with your product, service or advice. It not only provides useful information to your audience, it’s also a source of social proof because your readers can see that you are actually helping real live people. Always keep track of your success stories so that you can showcase them in a case study.
- Let someone guest post on your blog:
Be open to the idea of having guest bloggers on your blog. Many bloggers will write for free, in return for a byline and link back to their website. Just be selective in the guest posts you publish. It’s your blog and reputation on the line, so choose posts that understand your audience and deliver exactly the kind of content your readers want to read.
- Review a product:
If you’ve recently tried a product that you think would be of interest to your readers, review it. Audiences appreciate detailed and honest reviews from someone they trust (you). Not only do reviews provide your readers with valuable consumer information, you can earn commission through your recommendations as well.
- Search current news and relate it to your topic:
In addition to adding bloggers to your RSS feed, you can also sign up for topic notifications from various news sites. For example, at http://news.google.com, you can customize their site, so they show more of the stories you’re interested in reading. You can also sign up for RSS feeds in specific categories using keywords in your niche. Staying up-to-date in your niche is crucial and there are plenty of tools to make it quick and easy for you to stay on top of your game.
- Share content and add your commentary:
For super easy content on the fly, all it takes is a trip to http://YouTube.com, http://SlideShare.net or http://EzineArticles.com and you can find useful content to share with your readers. Be sure to add your own commentary, so your readers know why you’re sharing it and so they get your unique perspective.
My favorite Science Fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, once wrote that he beats writer’s block by going to another project. He was a prolific writer and certainly followed his own advice.
Coming up with fresh and interesting content, is an important job for any blogger. Don’t waste time spinning your wheels. I’d recommend bookmarking this post or print it out to use as an “Overcoming Writer’s Block Cheat Sheet.” You might say this is an updated version of Isaac’s method to keep up his writing productivity.
Just keep it handy whenever you stumble and you’re sure to have great new ideas.
Do you have other suggestions to overcome writer’s block? Send it on to me and I will share it with our readers.