Every once in a while there is a lull … a mind freeze … a writer’s block. Call it what you will, but words just don’t spew out of your brain. You stutter, reach out for the Thesaurus, Google. Your mind still draws a blank. You try everything that Blogger Gurus suggest: take a walk, change your surroundings, get more blood circulation going, listen to some music. Blah, blah, blabbity, blah!
Well, when the itch just isn’t there for you to scratch, try one or all of these. I assure you, something will click!
The 6 Blogging Tips You Need to Get Rid of Writer’s Block
- Create a list of things that bother you. Rash drivers, people typing on their computers in the middle of presentations, kids texting at the dinner table … you get the idea. Jot down all these annoying items and review them from time to time. Some day one will leap out at you and you will want to take it by its horns and write the hell out of it.
- Maintain a list of things you enjoy doing. Taking pictures, traveling, painting, babysitting, riding a bike … when you’re going through that period of a constipated mind, look over this list and catalog the reasons why you love doing these things. Note memories, sensations, experiences. Craft them into prose that sings.
- Browse the net. Look at the top news, the most re-tweeted events, op-eds, other blogs, StumbleUpon, Flipboard. What are folks talking about that’s topical, relevant and piques your interest? What’s your stand on it? Craft an opinion. Share it.
- Go through your archives. Is there a piece that you wrote eons ago that (you thought) was exceptional and needs to be re-shared? Did you think it would elicit more engagement than it did? Do you think more people will be interested in it now than when you first posted it? Tweak it, refresh it, and see the magic unfold.
- Dig deeper. Have you saved something from the time you were in high school? Or college? See what a different writing style you had back then? Notice how you’ve developed your voice over the years? Take that germ of an idea you had back then and transform it into something beautiful. Or, if you’re brave, share the original post with your readers, so they can appreciate the writer you’ve become.
- Just write. Whatever comes to your mind. Free yourself from thought. Ramble. Unveil how your brain jumps from one random thing to another. Reflect not. Let the train of thoughts take you on an undiscovered journey. A ride of new experiences. See where you end up. It might seem disjointed but the experience will trigger something to unplug the writer's block.
What do you do when your mind becomes a pit of white space? Come, share your tips!
Mansi Bhatia Tripathi is a freelance communications specialist currently taking a hiatus from desk jobs to excel in her role as full-time baby nurturer.