Well hello! Its been a VERY long time since I’ve written a blog post because well, I’ve had writer’s block! A normal thing for anyone who blogs or writes I know, and after 6+ years of producing content online, I just embrace the breaks when I need them.
Having writer’s block though can be really frustrating and hard to break away from. You feel guilty at not sharing content, at not being on social media, that you’re failing as a blogger or content producer and it can be hard. Especially, if you’re not sure how to deal with it. That’s where this post comes in. A post that I know isn’t travel related, but, will hopefully help anyone who has writer’s block or who may just need some motivation and inspiration. I hope it helps – here are 10 ways to beat writer’s block.
This is so important. Us bloggers and writer’s spend so much time online, on a laptop, on our iPhones and its important to shut off from time to time and just step back. I take regular blogging breaks and I always feel refreshed and motivated after them.
When I first started blogging I thought they were a bad thing but they’re not! If you need a break, take one! Your blog and your readers will be there when you return. 🙂
2. Write a different type of blog post
This point is literally what I am doing right now to get back into the habit of just typing and the words are flowing freely which is great! Writing a different type of blog post takes the pressure off and it might inspire or help someone else. For example, this post isn’t aimed at my everyday blog reader, but those who are in my community, my blogging pals! Its nice to break away from the norm from time to time and in this case, this post is helping me blog! Something I’ve not been able to do for weeks, I’m thankful for that.
3. Live life away from your laptop
As a travel writer, I tend to find writing hard when I’m going through a travel free spell and this is when I struggle the most (ahem right now!). And, what I find helps during times where I’m not exploring the world, is embracing the opportunities around me on day trips and adventures! Whether its going for a walk by the sea, grabbing a coffee with friends or rambling around Penneys, living life away from my laptop always helps to inspire me to start writing again.
4. Keep to a routine
I’m awful at having at keeping to a blogging routine! There I said it! I’m only human lol. But to be honest, my blog is a hobby, an online space for me to share my passions and travels with the world and I’m under no obligation. That reason and the fact I work full time an commute 3 hours a day to work, means I’m often to tired to blog. If I had to improve one thing about my blogging though, it would be to keep a routine! It pays to be organised and during those months where I am in a good routine and I’ve loads of content schduled, my blog always performs strongly. Now to master that, year round. 😉
5. Make lists of post ideas
I make lists of blog post ideas all the time! I have a journal full of them, a list on my iPhone of them and I’ve a Google Doc full of ideas too! If you suffer writer’s block because of lack of ideas, having a list to fall back on and refer to will help you leaps and bounds during those harder weeks.
6. Go for a walk
Its amazing what a bit of fresh air will do for the soul…and for your writing! If you’re stuck in a moment of waaaah, save and close your post and go for a walk. Why not even grab a coffee or an ice-cream along the way! And, when you feel better, give it another shot!
7. Change your writing environment
I think your writing environment is important and if you feel in a rut, why not mix it up and try to write somewhere else. Moving to a new location to type up a post can be really liberating and if you’re in a cafe or even a park, you may be inspired by what’s going on around you! Me however? I write at home so I normally just change rooms, not as exciting lol!
8. Set small goals
Another great way to get back blogging is to set yourself small goals to work towards. Whether its trying to produce a post a week, grow a social media account by 5% or simply reading more blogs, by setting yourself small goals, you’re motivating yourself to get moving and to make a plan!
9. Read, Read, Read!
When I can’t blog, I read blogs! I seek inspiration from others and this is a really great way to get the creative juices flowing again. Stuck in a blogging rut with thanks to writer’s block? Read, read, read!
10. Don’t feel bad about taking a break
Lastly, although not a way to beat writer’s block, giving yourself time to breath and live life is so important. If you feel like you’re in a rut, acknowledge the feeling and the situation, let its run its course and get back on the horse when you feel ready! Quality over quantity people! 🙂
So there you have it, 10 ways to beat writer’s block! Are you like me and suffer writer’s block from time to time? How do you overcome it? Share your tips in the comments below!
Always Wandering (and giving advice from time to time!)