I know what you’re thinking, what is she talking about? I can promise I’m not talking about a tree or a sad story of a tree breaking on a rainy night and becoming a stump people carve into.
I am talking about writer’s block though and how – from writer to writer – you can use your blank thoughts to turn around your writing situation and refresh your mind. For a change, let’s take a break from the hectic business world, realize that we are all on this expected journey, and focus on ourselves.
I won’t get too spiritual on you but if I point out yoga being a good idea to reconnect with yourself and helping to clear your mind for new ideas, it’s just me joining a cliché train.
If you can’t already tell, I have writer’s block today and wasn’t sure what to write for today’s post, but I figured why not connect with you, my readers who write, and dive into what we can do to overcome it.
It can feel frustrating when you feel like you have nothing to write especially when you have an audience or when you push out content frequently. I suggest not allowing the frustration to overcome you resulting in a shattered laptop, instead you should take time away from brainstorming and do something completely different.
Go for a walk, watch a few Youtube videos you’ve been meaning to or aimlessly scroll through Instagram. The ideas are endless to pass time, just don’t get too carried away because then, if you’re like me you’ll get frustrated over the fact that you wasted too much time doing something else. That’s just a complete 360.
When you’ve finally come back from clearing your head, ideas might not come to you so quickly when you sit back down to write. What I love to do is browse business news outlets for ideas. See what’s trending in categories like personal finance, invest in you, and millennial news.
If you have an audience that you’re wanting to connect with through your writing, reading articles based on regular people can help to make relatable content.
If online browsing doesn’t help, ask your readers! They come back for a reason and giving them a say in what you could potentially write strengthens the relationship between reader and writer.
Doing polls on Instagram can be a fun and interactive way to engage with readers if you already have a few ideas, or you could plainly ask them in a story post/in the comment section of previous posts for what they want to read about next.
Going back to being a stump, maybe through this post alone you were inspired to write something new for your blog or website. Doing mindful activities throughout the day or simply reading an article or two can spark an idea which once you start building on can turn into one whole post.
See, I didn’t talk about a tree once. Normally I would’ve played a trick on you and maybe put in a tree remark somewhere but I thought I’d give you a bark for once (I’m not proud of that one, but I had to do something).
Thank you for reading today’s post! Let me know what you would like to read about for future post ideas in the comment section below!