I want to tell you that I have the onset feel that I have writer’s block right now. At the same time I know that is just not true. Well, maybe the writer’s block is partially true.
This sounds a little like the “Oh, Andy! What are you talking about” segment is about to happen. Fear not! I will make my writer’s block concise and to the point. For what would a good writer’s block article be, if not concise.
Writer’s Block Challenge
I am doing a lot of writing right now. I decided to revamp SmartAtTheStart.com. The service side of my blog. Well, I discovered that what I had written a year ago about different products was woefully inadequate and just plain horrible. I am putting this politely, because as my greatest critique I had much choicer words.
Therefore, I am rewriting my website, in addition to writing my blog, and also working on articles for other sites at the same time. Generally I enjoy writing, but there is a point when I get overwhelmed. So, I need a writer’s block solution.
My Writer’s Block Solution
First, I read. I bought a number of Dan Kennedy/Bill Glazer books, plus got a trial membership to their group. Great way to learn from some of the best marketers/sales writers ever.
Second, get some outside help. Sometimes I just need a day or two to reset my thoughts and I will come up with new ideas. Therefore, expect some guest posts coming up shortly.
Third, start looking for fresh ideas. That is what blogging is. Fresh ideas. New takes on current ideas. Looking to make a difference with your new knowledge.
What Is Writer’s Block
That leads me to the final part of this segment. What is writer’s block? The fact is that writer’s block is merely a state of mind, where we believe we can easily or hardly write an article, blog post, or sales letter that can convey to our audience the emotion and passion we feel about a topic at any given moment.
To fight writer’s block we must constantly be refreshing our understanding of our field of knowledge. No one knows everything, and there is no way that one blog can cover everything. However, we take a look at what needs to be written to help our readers get from point A to point B. Then we say, “What writer’s block?”
Writer’s Block, Ugh!! I get this when I am in the middle of some writing project and then get lost in my thoughts. I try to leave it alone for a few days and look at it with new eyes. I never have a problem thinking about something to write about but I know that I need to focus on things that will be of interest to my readers, which may or may not be something that flys threw my head.
Some space definitely helps. Have a strategy that I am working that I keep having to walk away from in order to do my best on this project.
I like your writing style. I agree that writer’s block is a state of mind. Some people try to make it too hard to find ideas to write about. I know I am guilty of thinking I can’t write about a particular subject. But now I know I can write about anything it is my blog anyway, and I always try to find something interesting to write about. Everyday I try to do better.
Thanks! It definitely is your blog, so choose what you want to write about. As long as you are improving your blog everyday that is what matters.
Great tips Andy … I love to write, but I can really relate to the “overwhelm” situation you describe … when there’s SO much to do I suffer from brain freeze! I love your suggestion about reading. I am a voracious reader and reading is the first place I turn when I’m really tired or my creative juices feel completely dried up. In fact, sometimes all it takes is a short break – I shut off the computer and my phone and just go read something completely unrelated – I’m a big mystery fan so that’s usually where I head for half an hour. It’s really funny how often an idea will pop into my head after just that brief of a break. Thanks for the inspiration!
“brainfreeze” is a great way to describe this process. Read some books this past week that are the beginning of some lists that I am creating for my blog posts in the following weeks.
Having a list of questions that your market has is one important factor in overcoming writer’s block. I guess if someone is just writing to write then they could suffer from this plaguing feeling of the blank sheet of paper. Always reading and researching our field are also important tips. Sometimes just one word or sentence in a book will inspire content.
Definitely having a list is important! I have used that in the past when I need additional content. I like the idea of one word or sentence being at the foundation of a new article.