These 10 Tips Will Free You From Blogger's Block

Some days, the words flow right out of your fingertips and onto the page. Other days, it might feel like you have nothing to say. Blogger's block might have you in its grip. The fraud police might have overtaken you. You might be stressed or distracted or just plain tired of hearing yourself talk {or think or write}.

 these 10 tips will free you from blogger's block 

But...you know that blogging is good for your business. That blogging can make you better at what you do. So try one of these ten secrets to banishing blogger's block. Try five of them. Try all of them. Come back here and let me know how it goes.

1} Write offline.

Write in a word processing program like word or google docs. Or good old pen and paper. Don’t try drafting your blogs in your blogging platform. Some blogging platforms are a bit clunky and can get in the way of getting your ideas out. And sometimes writing inside a blogging platform feels like pressure -- like you have to be ready to publish whatever you’re writing immediately. When you shift your focus from writing to publishing, it can be hard to allow yourself to just start getting the words out.
 

2} Schedule yourself.

Find the time of day and/or day of week that’s best for you to access your creative side. And block off that time consistently. So your brain gets used to working at that time. Kind of like working out or meditating at the same time of day every day. Your body just starts to expect it.

3} Limit the time you spend writing.

Whether you’re scheduling a regular writing appointment or not, commit to a certain amount of time you’re going to write. And write for that whole time. No knocking off early. And no going overtime. (or at least try not to go overtime. If the words are just flowing and you can’t stop, by all means keep it going until you run out of steam. But don’t make a habit of allowing yourself to do that.)

4} Get ahead of yourself.

When you’re under pressure to create, finish, and publish a blog post because you need to get one up on the site today because it’s time or because it’s been whatever number of days since the last time you published one, it’s that much harder to think clearly and let those words flow out.

5} Write every day.

The other side of the spectrum is to just train yourself to write and publish (or ship if you’re a Godin-ite) every day. Seth Godin is of course the prime example of someone who writes every single day without fail.

6} Just write.

When we pressure ourselves for the words to be perfect as they fill the page, we can get stuck. Sometimes you just have to start writing. Even if the writing is awful. The ideas will start to come together, you’ll have words to refine, and eventually end up with something that works.

7} Write rough drafts.

(This is especially helpful if you’re in the “just write” mode.) Don’t even require yourself to finish your writing session with a finished product that is publish-worthy. Create a bunch of rough drafts. Maybe the muse isn’t with you today. You made something. You’ll finish it when the time is right. Move on.

8} Brainstorm.

If the words aren’t coming, take the time to brainstorm topic ideas. Think about topics related to your skills or services, topics that fit within your target audience’s top interests and worries. Think about stuff you’ve learned lately. Stuff you want to learn. Take the pressure off of yourself to write complete articles.

9} Pick something to finish.

If you’re struggling to create something new, go ahead and pick one or two of those lingering drafts to finish.

10} Get moving.

Go for a walk. Go for a run. Play fetch with the dog. Do something to get your mind and body moving in a new direction. Boosting your energy and freeing yourself from your desk can do wonders for your creativity.