5 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block
Writer’s block, the bane of every content creator’s life. That might be a bit on the dramatic side, but it can be incredibly frustrating, especially when it’s your job to come up with fresh and creative ideas.
This happens to even the most experienced content creators, and the difference between success and failure is knowing how to work through slow periods. We have complied a list of tips and tricks to help tackle this, which saves you time and hopefully gives some inspiration to get over the hurdle that is writer’s block.
Look Back at Old Content and See What Can Be Improved
One of the easiest ways to find ideas for new content, is looking back over your old, published content and try get inspiration from that. Some posts that were uploaded a few months ago might be outdated, or there have been updates on the topic. This is a great chance for you to re-write the blog from a whole new perspective and shows your readers that you’re always keeping up with recent trends. There are a lo of benefits in doing this, Google will rank your website and/or blog post higher in an SEO search if it can see you have amended or updated keyword searches. Another benefit of doing this is looking at any articles that under-preformed and why, this way you can assess what needs improving and post an updated article that will drive more traffic.
Check Out Your Competitors Work and Put Your Unique Spin on It
Checking out your blogging competitors is a great way to spark some inspiration for your own content and overcome writers block at the same time. However, simply copying someone else’s ideas, isn’t going to cut it. You need to put your own unique spin and point of view on it, they could have written an excellent blog on a very interesting topic, but you need to see what can be improved on and how you can make it better. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, especially when it comes to writing blog content.
A Change of Scenery
Like eliminating all distractions, having a change of scenery can most definitely help with overcoming writer’s block. If you’ve been cooped up in the office all day, if the building you work in has the facilities, work from a different space. If not, take a quick 5-minute walk around the building or step outside for some fresh air. Never underestimate what clearing your head and getting away from your desk for 5 minutes can do for you! Likewise, if you are working from home, maybe work from a different room than you usually would or make yourself a cup of tea and sit in the garden for 10 minutes or have a quick walk up and down your street to get some air and clear your head.
Answer Frequently Asked Questions
It goes without saying that good blog posts provide information and value to its readers. Compile a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) within your industry and answer them. Producing content that solves a problem or answers a question commonly faced by your audience is a smart move from a strategy standpoint. If your website has a FAQ section, it is more than likely going to be filled with short concise answers. Doing a FAQ in a blog form gives you the platform to answer these questions in much more depth and gives you the opportunity to showcase your expert knowledge within your industry. And a side benefit of doing this to conquer writer’s block is that your FAQ page will gain a few more internal links, which will in turn help from an SEO perspective.
Eliminate All Distractions
This might seem like an obvious one, but it can really make a difference. With a lot of people still working from home, finding a quite spot in your home can sometimes prove a difficult task. But even if you do have a dedicated workspace there can be several things distracting you and holding you back from being creative and productive. Firstly, you need to identify what your distractions are, it could be the TV, music playing, someone else on the phone, or looking at your own phone too often. Once you have done this, you need to remove them from your environment. If you have a bad case of writers block these things will only make matters worse. So, find ways that get you into a creative flow, turn the TV off that you put on for background noise, put your phone in a different room and hopefully this will help get over the writer’s block.
We hope this can help fellow bloggers overcome the pesky writer’s block. It can be easy to get into your own head too much and you nearly feel like you’re holding yourself back. But hopefully with these 5 tips you can get back into the creative flow!
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