7 tips for tackling writer’s block

7 tips for tackling writer's block, so you can start (and finish) your projects.

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Hey babes! I’ve seen a lot of people really struggling to find their voice and just write lately (myself included) so I decided to put together my favorite tips on how I deal with “writer’s block”.  I actually employed almost every method I’ve shared here while writing out this post, so I can say with certainty that they work!

These tips are directed toward writing blog posts, but I think they can really apply in almost any situation that you find yourself needing to write. Obviously, I’m just biased about what I’m working on.

1. MAKE AN OUTLINE

This is writer’s block 101 advice, but there’s a reason people use outlines. Set yourself up with a guide with the basic idea of what you want to work on, add in your sub-points, and then connect everything together. When you don’t feel emotionally invested in your writing but need to get the dang thing written, I find that this works pretty well.

2. WRITE AS YOU GO

You never know when an idea will hit, so I like to keep some sort of notebook on me so I can jot down little ideas right as they come. The “notes” section of my phone is full of little ideas I’ve gotten while browsing stores, having conversations, or just taking walks. I find that having a lot of different post options and inspiration to work with really helps to keep me moving forward when I hit a complete wall.

3. SET A TIMER

I talk about it here, but social media has totally screwed our attention spans. Sometimes you need to just force yourself to sit for 5-10 minutes with no distractions (seriously, stop scrolling instagram while working) and write. It might be hard at first, but chances are you aren’t actually struggling as much as you think, you’re just letting yourself get distracted for no dang reason. My go-to method is to set a 5 minute timer and just power-hour listing out post ideas!

My go-to method is to set a 5 minute timer and just power-hour listing out post ideas!Click To Tweet

4. WORK OUTSIDE IN

Kind of like the outline process, I find that piecing my posts together how I’m hoping for them to appear visually when done really helps me finish. Add the pictures you want in to include, format your headers, align your text, and just polish off everything you can think of. This is one of my favorite ways to tackle my posts, because I get really proud of my finished products and how they look. Once I can see what I’m actually creating, throwing the words in comes easier.

5. CHANGE YOUR LOCATION

Not getting the same kind of lightbulb “aha!” moments while sitting at your desk as you used to?? Move your work space somewhere else! I do a lot of writing from bed, but when I find myself struggling I like to move to my kitchen, or even to this rad white chair in my living room. I find that moving to a new area helps to also put you in a new headspace and offer a new perspective, especially visually. Maybe the light comes into the room differently in the new locale, and not to be cheesy, but it’ll shine a light onto new thoughts!

6. START AT THE END

Sometimes, I get myself so hung up on trying to write the perfect intro to a post, I stall my entire process. I learned (years ago while writing reports in school, actually) that moving on to the rest of the post and coming back later to create a perfect beginning actually makes things way easier. You’ll be able to see what your intro is leading into, so fleshing out what you want to say should come naturally!

7. JUST STEP AWAY

It’s okay to admit that maybe it just isn’t happening right now. You’re not accepting defeat, because you can totally come back to your work, but you are gonna lift a lot of stress off your shoulders if you take a bit of a breather. Sometimes no matter how much you want to write, you don’t have it in you. Go watch a movie, take a walk, bake some cookies (like I did while writing this post), or maybe read up some of your favorite author’s work. Who knows, coming back with fresh eyes might make all the difference.

Sometimes it just isn't happening. Taking a break isn't accepting defeat!Click To Tweet

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13 Comments

  1. The Cappuccino Traveler May 5, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    This tips Re fabulous and I’m so saving them for later!!! Thanks so much! Very nice format too, easy to read. 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com May 6, 2017 / 2:10 pm

      thank you! I work hard to make sure my posts are well put together, so I appreciate this x

  2. Jessica Lam May 6, 2017 / 8:07 am

    These are wonderful tips! Making an outline is so helpful, especially when you’re planning on not writing the post all at one go!

  3. That New Girl May 6, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Co-sign on writing as you go. It’s probably why I have a gazillion notebooks AND an overflowing Notes app on my phone😅. I’m going to give starting at the end a try. Sometimes I stall on posts for months just because I’m stuck on how to get it going.

  4. lovemegananne May 6, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Great tips for handling writers block! I’ve defiantly done a lot of these things in the past when I had writers block and will defiantly do them in the future.

  5. Linda May 6, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    These are such great tips! I’m always making an outline of what to write, take a break and then come back to it! I notice I never finish writing things in one sitting but it’s always important to take a break and then come back to it!

    Linda
    Blog || Instagram

  6. Emily May 6, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    These are such great tips! Going outside or listening to music often inspires me.

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

  7. Leah Lowe May 7, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Loving all of these suggestions! I’ve found that writing as I go and saving the draft is best for me instead of forcing myself to sit down and write an entire post in one sitting. Great post!

    x – Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

  8. christine May 7, 2017 / 2:16 am

    I felt your tips were meant for me! I needed to read this 🙂

  9. thehonestShruth May 7, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    These tips are great! I especially love “walking away” haha. It may feel like defeat in the moment but actually it’s not at all! One of my fav tips is just writing ideas down on my phone as they come and then whenever I need to sit down to write, I’ve got a list of organic ideas that came into my mind during the past week!

    Cheers,
    Shruthi
    http://www.thehonestshruth.com

  10. Simply Street Chic May 7, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Awesome tips! I need this to look back to here and there.

  11. PishtoPosh May 8, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Setting a timer and finding a different location are two I am going to try this week! Thanks for sharing.

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