How To Overcome Writer’s Block As A Blogger

How To Overcome Writer’s Block As A Blogger

1. Write something no one else will see.

My paralysis when it comes to writing usually stems from the fact I know others will be reading it. These days, everything we do – especially as bloggers – is crafted for an audience. Blog posts, tweets, Instagram captions… and it doesn’t matter if there are 5 people or 500 people reading it, the fact it’s someone other than you can be intimidating. And, sometimes, that gets the better of us.

So write something, safe in the knowledge you’re the only person who is going to see it. Destroy it afterwards if you want to. Write about anything. Your childhood. Your day. One of your favourite songs. It doesn’t really matter.

A couple of times I’ve done this and they’ve actually turned into blog posts. Some of my most popular ones, at that. Though that somewhat defeats the point of the activity, I was so proud of what I’d been able to create without fear holding me back, I was keen to share it.

Other times, it has made absolutely no sense and I’m glad it will never be seen again.

2. Try a less intense activity. 

Blogging requires hard work and focus. Between writing, SEO and creating/selecting graphics, it’s not always the most relaxing thing to do. I sometimes think the amount of work which goes into it is what causes us to procrastinate.

Instead of sitting and staring at the page in front of you, do something that requires little thought. Have a bath. Go for a walk. Watch Netflix. Basically, stop trying to force it and take a breather. Just be wary this break doesn’t descend into a semi-permanent hiatus…

Stationery and art supplies including paints, pencils and notebooks

3. Do another creative task.

I recently discovered that doing something else creative can bring inspiration for blogging. For example, while I’m busy colouring in, my mind will wander and all of a sudden, there’s a blog post forming in my head. Though it’s a different type of creativity, it puts me in that mindset and can work wonders!

If it’s not going to look completely out of place in your blog, you could even write a post about whatever activity you choose.

4. Read…

A) Books.

I’ve found that reading something tends to spark a bit of creativity. Sometimes, it reignites my love of words; of expression. Other times, reading someone else’s thoughts and experiences stirs emotions in me which are good to channel into my own work.

It’s all well and good saying that, but what do you read? I, personally, turn to books I know and love. Others dive into something new. Try both and see what happens!

The only word of caution I would give with this one is that, although it’s perfectly fine to be inspired by others, be conscious of not losing your own voice. If you write something in the aftermath of reading, be sure to compare it with previous posts to make sure it sounds like you – not the author you’ve just read!

B) Other blogs.

Have you ever read a blog post, and wanted to leave a mini essay as a comment because you had so much to say on the topic? Other blogs can encourage us to open up about our own experiences – use that energy and put it into a blog post.

Or, it could be the opposite situation – you disagree with what was said. To use this post as an example, if you get to the end of it and think “none of these ways have ever worked for me” but have your own ways to overcome writer’s block, make a post on the subject. You may have the answers someone else is looking for.

Laptop and sketchbook

5. Get off social media.

I notice a BIG difference in creativity levels depending on how much time I spend on social media.

When I spend a lot of time on social media, my head gets full with what I’ve been seeing. Despite my best attempts not to, I take a lot of it on board. Consequently, any ideas are pushed to the back. Social media stifles my creativity a lot, it seems.

When I take a few days away, or when I reduce the amount of time on there, a lot of the clutter falls away. Then I find my ideas can wriggle their way to the front of my mind.

6. Take a blogging break.

It’s better to take some time out to recharge your batteries than to churn out content you’re not happy with. If you’ve already generated a lot of content, it’s natural to hit a block. Let your readers know you’re taking some time out, and set a date for your return. You can always use social media scheduling to keep older content circulating in the mean time.

Take a few days and implement some of the previous suggestions. Write down any ideas that may pop up, but don’t necessarily dive into working on them straight away. Allow yourself the breathing space!

7. Stop putting pressure on yourself.

As the saying goes “done is better than perfect.” I nitpick my posts beyond belief – it’s a miracle any of them are published on time. As I know I’m going to do this, it takes some of the fun out of the process. That said, blogging should be fun! So, try to put the perfectionist on pause, and enjoy yourself.

8. Explore Pinterest for inspiration.

If you search “blog post ideas” in Pinterest, you’ll be met with numerous suggestions. There are hundreds! Some are niche specific, and others can be tweaked to fit in with any blog. Browse through, make a note of any which could work for you, and go from there.

If you haven’t delved into the world of Pinterest yet, that’s not a problem. Do the same thing with Google instead.

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24 Comments

  1. 16th January 2019 / 11:26 am

    Ohhhh, I love this Ruth! As always, you hit so many nails on the head. Blogging is a wormhole, you’re so right about the amount of work which goes into it causing procrastination. To a fine art in my case. I do sometimes read other posts and think, well, that didn’t work for me but I’ve never thought about turning into a post. Great tip. And I try to stay off social media at the weekends, not only because I need a break, but also my family needs my attention. I do notice a difference in my concentration levels when I go back to work on a Monday as well. I’m going to try a couple of your other suggestions too, namely writing for myself (as opposed to my blog) and what will be the hardest, to stop putting pressure on myself. Sorry for the mini essay, haha, thank you for another great post! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:00 am

      Not putting pressure on myself is definitely the hardest one for me as well, Lisa! But I figure we can give it a go! I love the fact you have weekends away from social media – I really do think it’s so important. Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you found some of my tips helpful! 🙂

  2. 16th January 2019 / 12:09 pm

    This is SOOOO helpful! Ive been struggling with ideas for a while, so Im definitely going to try out some of these! I actually start writing too whether it turns into a post or not. Love these ideas Ruth!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:00 am

      Thank you, Zoe! 🙂

  3. 16th January 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Bookmarking this for future use. Up until now I’d not really had to deal with writer’s block but for some reason the words and ideas just aren’t coming this week. Luckily I have enough posts backlogged that I can take a couple weeks to find inspiration again, but it’s so annoying when I WANT to write, but it just ain’t happening

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:02 am

      At least you have some things to use in the mean time, but I can definitely relate to that frustration! Hope you get your spark back soon!

  4. 16th January 2019 / 6:10 pm

    These are great ideas. I too have found that doing something else creative like making a collage often sparks new ideas.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:03 am

      Yay! 🙂

  5. 16th January 2019 / 8:45 pm

    Great post! I really like the first tip about writing something no one else will see. We can often write with a lot more freedom when we know it’s not going to be published online. As a blogger, I think it’s still important to write for yourself for fun in addition to writing for others. Telling yourself not to be pressured and to just relax also helps.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:04 am

      Exactly! I was previously guilty of writing things and always having the intention of it being seen (either on my blog, Twitter or elsewhere) and it definitely became a lot more fun when I stopped thinking like that! 😉

  6. 16th January 2019 / 10:47 pm

    Ruth this post is lovely!, Its really helpful! Thank-you.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:04 am

      You’re welcome!

  7. 17th January 2019 / 12:18 am

    I love that first tip; it’s something I’ve never tried before! Getting off social media is certainly beneficial in more ways than one–I’ve been spending less time on my screen the last month & a half, and I’ve enjoyed it so so much x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:05 am

      Yay, that’s awesome! I think once you find a balance, social media becomes more enjoyable as well as the other activities.

  8. 17th January 2019 / 9:38 am

    Absolutely wonderful tips and I identify with each of these. I struggle with my writing often. Mostly because I am easily overwhelmed by the entire process so I tend to use excess of social media as an escape mechanism of sorts. This seriously deterred my blog’s performance last year.. But this year so far I have been sticking to a plan let’s see how it goes. Btw, thanks for the Pinterest tip

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:06 am

      I do that sometimes, too – you’re definitely not alone. As soon as I start thinking too much about what’s involved and what needs to be done, I’ll find something else to do instead because it seems so daunting. I hope having a plan helps you! 🙂

  9. 17th January 2019 / 10:11 am

    This is such a helpful post Ruth! I agree, taking a break and doing something else is a great way to spark creativity and ideas. I find that when I go for a walk and listen to music, I feel relaxed and inspiration happens more naturally. I love the idea of writing something that no one else will see, like you say everything bloggers do is aimed at an audience, so it makes a refreshing change to write something just for ourselves. Spending less time on social media is a big one for me too, I’m way more productive if I’m not endlessly scrolling on my phone 🙂 Thank you for sharing, fab post as always <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:08 am

      Thank you, Bexa! I agree about going for a walk and listening to music – it really helps to get the ideas flowing. Though I don’t do it as much in winter, so I am looking forward to spring when it’s a bit nicer outside. It’s just so funny/crazy how quickly the time disappears once you start scrolling on social media 😉

  10. 17th January 2019 / 5:40 pm

    These were such helpful tips Ruth!! I really need to learn and remember to circulate my old posts… I don’t think I’ve ever done that yet haha!! I def think Pinterest and doing crative things (for me I like making mood boards) can help us come up with ideas! It’s so hard to get out of the strong suction that is social media but it’s soo important to do that to be able to focus on what you wanna write!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:09 am

      Thank you, Geraldine! I sometimes forget to circulate my old posts (or can’t be bothered with social media scheduling…) but it is a really good thing to do – especially as your audience has grown since the first time you published it and will be put in front of new eyes!

  11. 19th January 2019 / 1:01 am

    Ruth thanks for these amazing tips!! I always find taking a healthy break from blogging and doing something else non related always jogs my mind to tons of ideas for writing material. Now you gave an awesome suggestion, take a break from social media. Interesting enough I would use social media to get blogging ideas but stepping away from it make so much sense to me! Great idea👌🏾❤️

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st January 2019 / 10:10 am

      Thank you, Natonya! I do occasionally get ideas from social media as well, so that’s a good point! 🙂

  12. 21st January 2019 / 4:17 pm

    This is just what I needed. While not necessarily going through writer’s block, I have been dealing with a lack of motivation towards blogging and just everything in general, so reading this really helped me. I took last week off from blogging and now I am feeling more refreshed and ready to come back and blog again.

  13. 22nd January 2019 / 7:20 pm

    I have never thought about writing for something for my eyes only. I definitely take a break from social media and be creative. I am definitely guilty of putting pressure on myself and I always feel so guilty for not having content constantly out. Next time I struggle I am definitely going to try writing just for myself. Thank you for sharing these tips! X

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