Being a writer and a Blogger is not an easy Job. Every day, getting up and writing content can be boring some time and I always feel like quit writing for a while. Often, I stop writing for few days and when I try to come back, I don’t feel like writing anymore. Such kind of situation can put a road block in our career growth and we have to make sure, we should not get into such situation or if we do, we need to come out of it ASAP. Such kind of situation is called Writer’s block.
Web definition of Writers Block
In case you are wondering what a writer’s block is, let me quote wiki’s definition of a writer’s block:
Writer’s block is a condition, associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task in hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.
I don’t really wish to scare you, so lets overlook the “abandoned” part! Blogging is synonymous to creative writing (unless you are creating links to other people’s posts and calling that blogging) and at times we find ourselves at our wit’s end, unable to write anything. Overtime I have come with effective ways to rekindle my ability to write while in a writer’s block situation and remain creative even while I am suffering from one. Here are the best three of them:
Easy Ways to overcome Writers Block mindset:
Buffer it up
A buffer is your fall back cushion. At times you get that writing rush where you can write tirelessly for days, 5-6 posts a day, even 10! But any sane head would confirm the fact that its not wise to be publishing so many posts every day. What you can do is- balance out this writing rush with those lean phases that might be right around the corner.
Write posts when and as you want to, but don’t just click that publish button as of yet. Hold back, and there you have it, your own, neat little buffer. The only thing you should take care of is to buffer posts which hold relevance despite what time they are published at. For example this post itself can be published today or a month later and would still hold relevance but any new post would not be as hot a month later as it is right now.
One of the main reasons for getting a writer’s block is monotonousness. Blogging requires you to write on a dedicated subject so that you can clearly define the niche you hold expertise in and that to be fair, sucks at times.
The solution here is to change your topics once in a while. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should change the topics on your own blog. You can:
- Write a guest post (this is probably why I am here right now). Apart from breaking your monotonous routine it helps you in (the obvious) link building.
- If you have more than one blogs, its better to have them on contrasting niche’s. Not in mood to write on one? Its time to hop on to the other.
- If you can’t really manage more than 1 pro blogs, maintain a personal one. Rant out casually, a personal blog is a place where you can lash out no-holds barred, believe me it does you a world of good.
I was watching Scrubs last night and they had this episode where they simply do a recap with clips form previous episodes. Like a little walk through the memory lane. Lets transform that idea into you blog. Why not? In fact this has been very effectively implemented by Harsh through monthly traffic reports and monthly guest writing sum-ups.
It doesn’t only help you cover up for an uncreative day, It helps you expose your new readers to your previous work. Do take care not to over do this though. And try recapping with the best of your content, not just any trivial info you may have put up.
Now thats just three ways of overcoming writer’s block condition and since the post is quiet long already, I would stop at that. Let me know, if you find these helpful. I will cough up a few more. Do let me know how you guys deal with your writer’s block condition, lets create a pool of ideas through your comments.
This is guest post from Zubin, if you like the post and found it useful you can follow him on Twitter @ZubinSaxena
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