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How to Write a Blog When it Won’t Write Itself
Writers block can happen to anyone.
So what do you do when the editorial calendar says that you have a post due but you can’t think of anything to say? Here are a few tips that can help you whip out blogs in the nick of deadlines.
1. Change the Scenery
Take a walk, rearrange the furniture, go to a different room. Sometimes changing up the setting can help reset your mind and unclog your thoughts. There’s also a theory that putting on a fresh pair of socks can be as powerful as taking a nap. So if you are low on time or mobility, try changing the scenery at your feet.
2. Plan Ahead
Sometimes thinking up your blog topic can be the most challenging part. Start by scribbling out any and every topic you’d ever want to blog about, even if you aren’t planning on blogging on it today. Once you see the ideas in front of you, you can find patterns and plot your subjects in a calendar, which will help streamline the process.
3. Accomplish Something Else
Writers block can leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged. Accomplishing another task can help reset your mojo. Think of small projects, like reading your emails, organizing your desk, calling someone back, etc. If you work from home, toss in a load of laundry, or make the bed. Be careful to not get carried away with the sidetrack, but be ok with switching gears now and then.
4. Get Inspired
Inspiration can be found anywhere. Spend some time browsing your favorite websites online, reading other blogs. They don’t necessarily need to be relevant to your blog. You can also find inspiration through conversation with others. Ask your colleagues what they’d want to read about. Find nuggets of insight from your favorite book or tv show. Spend some time getting lost in your own imagination.
5. Just Write
A perfectionist’s greatest flaw can be their denial of perfectionism. There are 1,025,109.8 words in the English language (according to a quick Google search- though don’t ask me how you end up with .8 of a word). That means the possibility of stringing those words into a blog is infinite. Instead of spending hours spinning through the sentence possibilities, just throw down whatever you got. If it comes out all mish-mashy, that’s what editing is for. Once you have an outline, or a conceptual draft, you’ll find that your blog is much easier to assemble.
Got more tips? Share them in the comments below.