30 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block for Bloggers

by Mike Holman

It happens to all of us one time or another. You stare at the blank screen, or perhaps one with a half-written post. You stare until you feel like pulling your hair out….and still nothing. You just crashed head on against writer’s block.

Writer’s Block

Photo by Mayr via Flickr

Hopefully, you have been pacing yourself and haven’t try to post more frequently than you could manage — if you aren’t, I recommend that you read Why Blog Post Frequency Does Not Matter Anymore. Assuming you’re pacing yourself for long-term success, here are some quick ideas:

  1. Don’t write for the day. It’s your blog, why go crazy with imaginary deadlines?
  2. Take a walk
  3. Take a shower
  4. Go to a different room
  5. Go outside of the house
  6. Read a book
  7. Watch TV
  8. Turn on the music
  9. Visit discussion forums in your niche
  10. Surf the web with social media sites — e.g., StumbleUpon, del.icio.us, etc.
  11. Read other blogs
  12. Play out a “what if?” scenario
  13. Debate other people’s posts
  14. Build on other people’s posts
  15. Build on your old posts
  16. Build on reader’s comment
  17. Pick up a meme
  18. Start a meme
  19. Interview other bloggers
  20. Review other web sites in your niche
  21. Observation on the current trend
  22. Observation on the industry
  23. Go through your categories and build top 10 lists. But don’t just link, add something
  24. Do blog search and build themed top 10 lists
  25. Freewriting
  26. Mind mapping
  27. Ask questions
  28. Start a poll
  29. Use notebook instead of a computer so that you can doodle your ideas
  30. Ask for a guest post from your blogging buddies

Here are some more ideas from around the web:

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1 Abhinav Sood

Some great ideas in there. I actually support your viewpoint that you don’t need to freak out if you don’t have anything to write for a day. But I believe that these imaginary deadlines we make up are the real challenges that we should try to beat, to be successful.

I may not post for a day if I have an exam (like 2 in a day, just 8 hours later :P !) or something of that sort, but whenever I make a post. It is with this spirit that I am going to raid and take over some-big-thing!

Thanks for the mention of this post from Inspirit.

Good Day.

2 Laura

Thanks for including me in your awesome list of resources for bloggers with writer’s blog.

You’ve got a lot of helpful tips here!

3 Mrs. Micah

Yeah, I sometimes have trouble coming up with something. I wish I could keep more in mind that I don’t have to post on my schedule if I don’t have anything.

I love talking with Micah about ideas…he often helps me come up with good ideas.

4 Pinyo

@Abhinav – Thank you. Yeah, I agree that posting regularly is important, but if you have to write crap to fill the spot, then you’re better off

@Laura – it was my pleasure. Thank you.

@Mrs. Micah – Yeah, talking to other poeple helps too. Sometime, they’ll say something and ideas will just pop up.

Now, imagine if you have commenter’s block :-O

5 Nadz | MindBlogger Blogging Tips, Tricks and Tools

Great ideas Pinyo!

Adding something, when I feel really lost, I just take a break from it all. Just go goofing around and then come back refreshed. What I learned from that is that when you can’t seem to get a move on, change can be good. If I can’t get a break, I just go somewhere outside and try brainstorming.

I also research for any new developments and trends in the blogosphere(for my blog is of blogging resources niche), so that when the next big thing comes up, I can ride the wave.

And finally, I keep this notebook with me, which allows me to write followups to the posts that I already did. I just go random on my archived posts and see how I can write a follow up on that.

Cheers!

6 Randall at CreditWithdrawal

It’s funny, sometimes I come up on my deadline (self-imposed) and don’t have anything until a few minutes before, then the ‘good idea’ hits and it’s like I can’t STOP writing the article.

I think the artificial deadline helps on occasion to get the brain in gear.

Having said that, there are days I’ve still come up with kerfluffle, and taken the day off.

7 Lynnae @ Being Frugal.net

I just bookmarked this list. I think I seriously do my best work under pressure. If I’m not up against a deadline, I can’t think of anything to write. Maybe this list will help me out, so I’m not always writing at the last minute.

8 Carol

Personally I am glad to know that I am not the only one that has writers block at times. Although it is important not to let days go by before you post. I think most bloggers will forgive if you don’t have something everyday. But it is great to have some ideas on what to do about it.

9 Pinyo

@Nadz – Good example. And I agree on carrying around a notebook. This is a must do for bloggers.

@Randall – Yeah, sometimes they come in spurt. I love creative spurts.

@Lynnae – Thanks! The funny thing is sometimes our last minute posts turn out to be the best.

@Carol – I think as long as you don’t just stop and let your blog dies, it’s okay.

10 Geoserv

Nothing worse than trying to put together a post and your mind goes blank, especially when your half way through.

Great read.

Added to TopStumbles:
http://www.topstumbles.com/how-to/30-ways-to-overcome-writerrsquos-block-for-bloggers-blogthority/

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