There are many things that can cause writer’s block. And of course, it typically happens when you finally have time to sit down to work on content for your business. Right?
So what can you do when you are struggling to get the words to flow? When the flashing cursor keeps staring at you and the pressure of getting something written is weighing on your shoulders?
These are 4 strategies I use to help me when writer’s block shows up. The first three are things you can try with the last tips being a saving grace when all else fails!
When you have writers block first try grabbing a pen and paper and journal.
I know what you’re thinking. The cure to writers block is writing? That sounds like it won’t work. However, I encourage you to try it.
Journaling has a sort of freedom to it. You can write whatever you want. Even if you have to start with, “I don’t know what to write. I have writers block. The words are not coming.” By writing down anything, getting words on the paper, you are helping to clear the block, get out of your own way. Because there is no pressure on what you’re writing it can free up your mind to get to the good stuff.
Going for a walk can help with writer’s block.
There is a reason that successful CEO’s have “walking meetings.” There is something about moving your body that gets the creative juices flowing. While you are on a walk there are fewer distractions. That pile of laundry isn’t staring you in the face, pulling your attention.
Afraid the ideas will start flowing and you won’t have anywhere to write them down? Then bring a pen and paper, or grab your phone and use the notes app to jot them down.
However, while on your walk, I encourage you to keep your phone put away unless it is to write those ideas down. If you start scrolling social media or checking emails, you’re taking away from the point of the walk.
If you’re still feeling stuck, take a shower.
This may sound a little crazy. But think about it. There are no distractions, showering is almost mindless, allowing your mind to wander, to be free. I come up with the best ideas in the shower. It’s also a change of activity from sitting at the computer forcing yourself to create something.
So hop in the shower, let the hot water help your mind let loose and see what you come up with!
When all else fails and you’re facing writer’s block, refer to your notes.
Do you keep a journal of ideas? If not, start write now. I use the Notes app on my phone so it’s always with me whenever inspiration hits. I have a tab for blog ideas, social media posts, reels and more. That way when I’m feeling stuck, I can refer to ideas I’ve already started.
My final tip is to consider why you’re feeling stuck.
Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Are you trying to come up with the “perfect caption?” Maybe you aren’t starting from the right place. If you’re feeling stuck, remember to root down into serving your client.
If you’re writing a blog you can read my post on Ways to Find Blog Topics That Move the Needle in Your Business.
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