Many think that the benchmark of a good content writer is their ability to pen down a compelling write-up at the drop of a hat. But in reality, this notion is far from the truth, especially when they’re facing the dreaded writer’s block.
Even the best and most experienced content writers face temporary interruptions in their flow of thoughts. Sometimes, its plain old self-doubt an lack of confidence too.
There may be stages in their work-life when they lack the motivation or the writing inspiration to put down a remarkable piece, despite new orders pouring in.
Needless to say, a writer’s block is every writer’s nightmare which can quickly become an unwelcome companion for days at a stretch.
If you have been facing such low motivation days (when you find yourself staring at a blank screen for hours on end), take comfort in knowing that you’re not in this alone.
Instead of brooding over it, think of it as a necessary and enforced rest period for you to recharge your overworked batteries.
But what if you have a deadline to meet? What do you do when you don’t feel like writing, but you still must write to keep your end of the bargain?
Overcome Writer’s Block & Start Writing
Here are some tried and tested tips to help you shine through –
Positive Affirmations to Fight Writer’s Block
I never took the power of affirmation seriously, until recently. It does work!
So take a deep breath, and repeat to yourself –
My creative thoughts are flowing smoothly. I have all that it takes to do a brilliant job. This is going to be my best work yet.
Make it a habit to repeat positive affirmations to yourself every day, and experience the difference.
Take a short break and do things you enjoy doing. I like to look out of the window and admire the gifts of greenery. If it’s a cloudy day; I appreciate the myriad shapes and designs of the clouds. On other occasions, I bake my favourite cake!
Do anything that helps you relax and feel rejuvenated – sip your favourite cup of green tea, listen to a song that gets you in a good mood, or just spend a few moments reconnecting with your family members.
You are bound to feel a bit more motivated and excited to finish what you started.
Head on to your writing desk and get that write-up DONE!
If you have done a good body of work previously, go back to it and read it. When you take a look at your previous work, you will be able to gain some much-needed motivation. Fantastic, right? It always works for me.
Start Writing Something, Anything
I know, I know; you’re having trouble writing. I get it. Even then, my suggestion to you is to start writing something, even if it’s not the perfect “client-loved-it” kind of write-up.
The idea is to get your creative juices flowing, stat.
You have a choice here, however. Either, stick to the topic at hand and write whatever comes to your mind; or start writing about anything that springs to your mind. If you enjoy poetry, put some words down.
Try a Change of Place
Move away from your usual writing spot and go to your kitchen garden or your window seat and start writing.
A change of place may spark new ideas, and give you just the inspiration you need to start writing.
Of course, it’s best to avoid places that are noisy or distracting. But when you’re unable to write, any place might just work for you!
Break the Rules
Do you spend an awful lot of time making the introduction of an article perfect? Try a different approach.
Pen down any and every fleeting thought related to the topic at hand. These can be random words, synonyms, antonyms; just about anything that helps you to streamline your mind.
Believe it or not, I often come up with the perfect introduction, halfway through the article. At other times, my beginning sentence fits snugly as the conclusion of the article!
Such is the mind of a writer.
Let me know if any of these tips have helped you get back on track. Do you have some advice on how to write when you do not feel like writing?
Share your tips through the comments box below and thanks for reading.