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!
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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.
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