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Saturday, January 25, 2014

How to overcome Writers Block?

‘Writers Block’-there’s no escape from it even for passionate bloggers with a few exceptions here and there. You can include me in the exceptions list. It is common for bloggers after they've blogged for months to feel that things are getting a little stale, and you need to figure out how to beat writers block. 

You may have heard about famous writers who had no trouble churning out a couple of masterpieces but all of a sudden couldn't get a word on paper.  For a blogger, it can be tough coming up with fresh ideas, and the advice for prose writers with a blockage is good for bloggers too, but it doesn't go far enough - learn to relax your mind, keep a dream journal, and so on.

Bloggers have special tools at their disposal, special talents, and special needs, so here are some tips on how to rid yourself of blogger's block.  You should keep a list of topics and themes in a nearby notebook or on the computer so you can jot down ideas as they occur to you - you don't want that great niche notion to slip away by clicking on the next link and forgetting it.

Let your mind and mouse wander through your favorite blogs and forums for the latest trends, hot topics, and new ideas - but try going to new sites too.

Amazon's bestseller lists are a potential treasure trove of ideas - scan the lists in all kinds of categories, not just the ones you're familiar with, for new products - you never know what you'll find.  Once you know how to do keyword research (and don't use just your favorite - try out others), you can use it as an idea tool - search on a broad topic or concept and scan the results for a mental reboot, taking notes of course.

One way for all you slow typists out there to break through a dry spell is to use voice recognition software to transcribe yourself talking, or use the old-fashioned method of recording and transcribing - some bloggers talk faster than they type.


Finally, if you're really stuck, read English classics by Somerset Maugham, Oscar Wilde or O.Henry.  I bank on their books for ideas for blog post opening sentence.
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