A block which makes you stall. Often artists complain of a block where you don’t know what to do. For example, if you are a painter then sometimes you feel like there is no idea what to paint.
So you stand there and feel clueless. As a writer, you dread the blank page. Because once there is something, there is an idea and you can work on it. But to break that blank page, you need to overcome writer’s block.
As such, if your job is to write daily then you are in for a problem. Because of writer’s block, you can write some days and not write some days.
However, that’s not how you can work. Because your client/boss won’t tolerate whatever block you have.
She has given you money and expects you to work. That’s it. If you have writer’s block then it’s your problem. And you have to deal with it. Also you can’t give writer’s block as an excuse – it might be a problem to you and feels so genuine. Your client doesn’t care – they hired you to write.
So what to do, how to overcome writer’s block? And write like it’s a festival every single day.
10 Ideas Every Day
Here is a simple way to make sure you have ideas for your writing. First, focus on the niche which you want to write. For example, it can be meditation, health or running. Then go and find the most searched questions. Because there are thousands of blogs on the internet.
All you have to do is search for top articles in your niche blog. This way you will easily get 100 ideas for your article.
And now, take a notebook and carry it with you everywhere. For the first 10 days, try to write one idea everyday in the notebook. After the 10 days are over, you will find that the ideas will come to you. Keep writing it. You don’t have to flesh it out. Just write down the ideas.
So when you are sitting down to write, you have a list of ideas to draw inspiration from. And crush that writer’s block.
And if nothing strikes, then you can write an article about top 10 things. For example, 10 sources of protein, 10 ideas for weight loss and so on. You can do this in every niche.
Being A Professional
When you brand yourself as a professional – you need to make sure you deliver. And as such, you can’t have writer’s block.
You are a writer so it’s your job to deliver the work. Even if you don’t feel like it. Especially, if you don’t feel like it. That’s what separates you from the hobbyist or amateurs. As a professional, you deliver on time as promised and even if you can’t think of ideas. Because you either have a system or process to get through and deliver.
Outsource, brainstorm or steal great ideas – doesn’t matter, you have to write. And also, writer’s block is basically an illusion.
You don’t have writer’s block, you have a block of awesome ideas. You still can write garbage. So get writing and spill out thrash writing.
Once, you start writing, you will get analogies, ideas and perspectives on other things. Because you can’t just write thrash for 2 hours, you have to drop in some gems. So after that go to the editor and tell her to edit your thrash.
Because often good writing is just editing. Next time when you feel like you can’t write – remember, it’s just an illusion.
You can write just not great writing – so write. Always edit. And have a system in place so that you have a bag of ideas to pull yourself out of writer’s block.
It’s mostly in your head. You never go out of words while talking. So, you can’t run out of words while writing. Get going and write because you can, it’s your job and you like it.