How to Overcome Writer’s Block

by | Jul 19, 2016

After years of blogging, it’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of writer’s block. Sometimes the blog posts flow easily, and sometimes I’m at a total standstill and I can’t write anything! Over the past two years I’ve come up with plenty of strategies to use to overcome writer’s block, and I think you’ll find them helpful as well!

 

How to Overcome Writer's Block

 

HOW TO OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK

 

 

Look For Inspiration

 

When I’m hitting writer’s block, the first thing I do is look for inspiration for new posts! Often I’ll use my old blog posts to come up with ideas for new ones! I’ll check out my Google Analytics, see what my most popular blog posts are, and figure out what else I can write about on that topic that my audience would like. Another way to use your old blog posts is through comments. Often readers will ask questions or for more information in the comments, and those are perfect ideas to use for future blog posts!

Another place I love to look for inspiration is Pinterest! No one is surprised by this one, we all use Pinterest for inspiration! A quick scroll through a Pinterest search about your niche will give you loads of post ideas. I’m not saying you should be copying posts other people have already written, but I promise it will drum up inspiration about post ideas of your own.

Finally, check out some Facebook groups! I’m a part of tons of Facebook groups, and I can tell you people are constantly asking for advice on one topic or another. Join a group where your target audience is hanging out, and start jotting down the questions people are asking.

 

Change Your Environment

 

If you work from home, being in the same environment day in and day out can get exhausting and stifle your creativity. If you’re having a hard time knocking out blog posts, try to change up your environment. Work out on the patio or check out a local coffee shop! Most places have WiFi these days, which makes it so much easier to find places to work outside the home!

 

Write Something Else

 

If you’re writing a book, a term paper, or an extra long blog post that you’ve been working on for ages, try to change it up by writing something else. Do some creative writing just for you, write in a journal, etc. Sometimes just getting the creative juices flowing elsewhere is enough to bring that creativity back to what you’re working on.

 

Eliminate Distractions

 

When I’m writing a blog post, I don’t just have the one tab open. I have my blog tab open, along with half a dozen or more others such as email, Facebook, Etsy, and my Google Drive. Plus I might be listening to music or a podcast while trying to write. I’m guessing I’m not alone here! If you’re finding it difficult to focus on what you’re writing, delete all the other tabs and see if you’re really at writer’s block, or if you’re just too distracted to focus!

 

Step Away From The Screen

 

Sometimes writer’s block comes from burnout, and there’s no way to get away from it other than stepping away from the screen and taking a break from writing. If I’ve been writing like crazy, taking a few days off can absolutely help clear my mind. Seriously, we just got back from a 4-day camping trip where I had no computer access, and I felt more motivated to write than ever when I got back!

BEFORE YOU GO

 

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25 Comments

  1. Christine Everyday

    Whenever I feel like I’m out of ideas, my favorite thing to do is get out of the house. Going for a hike, window shopping at the mall, or a trip to the library…those kinds of things always do it for me!

    • Erin

      That’s awesome!

  2. jessica lynn

    Great recommendations. I love changing my environment, because it give such a new perspective, and can help jostle ideas loose sometimes.

    • Erin

      That’s great, Jessica!

  3. Chelsea

    So great. I feel like I always feel newly inspired if I write somewhere else. Like you said, switching it up. Leaving home and going to a coffee shop. Maybe writing by the river. Those always help me!

    • Erin

      I LOVE changing up my writing location! Having a yard with a deck has been amazing, because it’s the perfect place to write!

  4. Lauren Jane

    I love the suggestion of leaving/moving from where you are. I have learned I need to go at least once every few weeks to a coffeehouse or write outside or something…anything to not have my children all over me!

    • Erin

      Exactly! Anything to get away and clear your head!

  5. Erin Kelley

    These are great ideas! My favorite way to beat writer’s block is to leave the house, too. Something about being in a new environment like a coffee shop really helps kickstart my creativity – it’s like magic! Thank you for these tips!

    • Erin

      I’m the same way!

  6. Jenny

    Pinterest is one of my biggest inspiration sources when I’m feeling the stress of writer’s block.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Erin

      Yes, I LOVE Pinterest!

  7. Erin @ A Welder's Wife

    I do a mix of all of these, especially with the 30 Day Blog Challenge I am doing this month. I have been having to push myself to write regardless if I am blocked or not to keep up with this challenge. I can definitely tell which days I had greater inspiration than others, but the important thing is to keep at it. Thankfully I am past that point now! Writer’s block is so not fun!

    Erin | http://www.awelderswife.com

    • Erin

      That’s awesome! I love blog and social media challenges. Such a fun way to re-energize!

  8. Rachel @ STCL

    I’ve found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and from just stepping away from my computer, ironically. A change in the environment always helps 🙂

    • Erin

      That’s awesome. I agree that taking a break is a huge way to refocus!

  9. Terryn Winfield

    Yes, love the idea of writing something else. I usually just step away and do something else. Or, I’ll read an inspirational book to get the creative juices flowing again.

    • Erin

      That’s such a good idea! I always feel super energized to write when I read an awesome book.

    • Erin

      Thanks girl! LOVE changing up my environment!

  10. Heather Gullett Denniston

    Biggest one for me is getting inspired. I can go for hours if I can just get a little of the inspiration drug!

    • Erin

      Yes, I’m with you on that one!

  11. Dia

    Great tips. I think the best thing I can do is just to change it up. I always have stuff waiting to come out but if I’m trying too hard to write something I block what does want out.

    • Erin

      That’s great! Thanks Dia!

  12. Tina Hogan Grant

    Some great tips. Thank you! Long walks defiantly help me to regroup my thoughts. I will be sharing your ideas.

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