Writer’s block. Blogger’s block. Podcasting block. Content creation block. We all get it. And now, more than ever, it seems it is easier to get. Just five years ago, there wasn’t as much easily accessible tools in order to create the variety of content that there is today. It’s amazingly awesome and completely overwhelming at the same time. I believe we all want to create something on some level. Everyone has different skills and everyone can create. The question is what, and then how do you get it out into the world?
How do you solve writers block that can creep up and stay for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months? How you do escape the funk that you are in and get back to using your imagination and creating something valuable that someone, somewhere in the world, will find incredibly useful. It could even change that person’s life! Here are 4 ways to free your mind from whatever roadblock stands in your way, no matter the medium you prefer to create in.
- Turn off the Internet when you want to create. We are inundated with information overload nearly every waking minute of every day- if we allow ourselves.
Action: Take control and turn off your wi-fi to better help you focus.
- Set a block of time on your calendar. With our days packed to the hilt with work, meetings, and activities, it’s a wonder any chores or side projects get accomplished. Maybe that is why so many projects go unfinished.
Action: By setting a block of time in your calendar, you are telling yourself to stop from the everyday madness and work on that project you have been meaning to get started or completed: a book, a podcast, a website, a simple blog post, whatever it is.
- Take advantage of the ‘Focus’ feature in your writing app. If your project involves writing and you easily get distracted, turn the ‘focus’ button on in Word, or use iA Writer (Mac only).
Action: This creates a simple white page so you can focus on the text you create and not get flustered on how the type looks, what should be formatted, etc. It allows you to focus on what really matters- the content.
- Take advantage of content idea lists from top influencers in your niche. If you do a google search for content ideas, you will find hundreds of posts listing hundreds of topics. Find a hundred or two, and use it as your guide to write your articles, conduct your research, or as inspiration for some other type of product.
Action: Make it a goal to write one post a day from the list. By the end of 100 days, you’d have 100 posts. That’s a lot of content. What if you wrote two posts a day? You’d have a queue of 50 days (almost 2 months!) of quality posts. What could you then accomplish in those 50 days?
How do you handle writers block? Do you have any other tips to help overcome writers block? Leave a comment and let me know.