Overcome Writer’s Block: 9 Ways to Get Past Blinking Cursor

Writer’s block among bloggers is pretty common. It often happens with bloggers who start a new blog and write at a crazy pace.

But it also sometimes happens with bloggers who’ve been writing for years. When you write on a topic you’re passionate about, you overuse your energy to produce content.

This can cause serious brain fatigue every time you sit down to write something new. Blinking text cursor would keep reminding you how hard it is to write for hours.

Writing daily can become one of your habits, and it shouldn’t lead you to experience the writer’s blog ever. It’s not a good feeling, and you don’t want your consistency to drop.

This article will show you 9 new, practical, and easy ways to overcome writer’s block. So you can keep writing about things you’re passionate about and make more money.

The Contents

  • Don’t Try To Be Perfect.
  • Switch Environment
  • Try Writing Apps
  • Read Books
  • Pomodoro Technique
  • Push Your Imagination
  • Don’t Overburden Yourself.
  • Try AnswerThePublic
  • Meditate

Don’t Try To Be Perfect.

It’s very common for bloggers to re-write one sentence again and again until “they think” it’s perfect for reading. This is one of the most common reasons for taking weeks to write an article which can be finished in two days.

If you’re taking anywhere over 3 hours to write a post, excluding the research, there’s something not right. You’re not letting yourself do what you want.

You don’t have to be perfect to reach more people. Forget about getting it perfect. Focus on getting it done first.

Because of fear of not getting your sentences perfect, you stop writing after several attempts. Each paragraph will feel like a chapter if you keep editing sentences.

This same thought made it hard for me to finish one of my tutorials, and it took over 3 months to get over it. Not to mention over 45 days of repeated revisions:

But I learned the ways to keep myself focused and avoid that from happening again.

That is why perfectionism is one of the biggest and popular causes of writer’s block. And it all starts with you trying to become something you are not.

No one is perfect, and none can be. Stop judging yourself and stop overvaluing your readers. Write as you would like to read and focus on getting the message out in your articles. That’s the most important aspect of any copy.

The only thing you need to do is stop dwelling on perfectionism.

Switch Environment

If you work from a shared office, coffee shops, or such places, stop doing it and find other places. Coffee shops are great for creative stuff like designing, editing, and so on but not an ideal place for writing an article.

In fact, it is the worst place you’d like to be if you wish to finish more in less time.

Despite these places being a place full of distractions, many beginners follow the trend just because they saw someone else do the same.

The quickest way to eliminate writer’s block is to shift to a new workplace.

Try switching rooms if you work from home. If you write on a desk, try writing on your bed or move to another room. An ideal place to get light-minded and write is a room where sunlight and fresh air can come in.

The brighter your room is, the better you’ll feel. You won’t lack energy, and fresh air will keep your brain oxygenated, improving your focus. Focus is all we need to accomplish any task, no matter how tough it gets.

If you are writing in a room full of clutter, dim lighting, and lack of space, it will appear in your articles. Your tone will show signs of uneasiness and rush, sometimes frustration.

So it’s best to keep your room clean and keep it the way you like. A way that motivates you the most. Try putting up some success posters on the wall or place an action figure of someone that inspires like I do.

Try Writing Apps

Over 90% of freelancers that I’ve hired have been using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. They have used these two tools from the beginning.

Most of the time, their copies were left unchecked for speech, grammatical errors, and sentence length.

They are not the best editors to write an article if you are writing for multiple clients and when you’re off with inspiration. In fact, they are the worst in all forms considering all the competition of writing tools.

Try not to stick to single editing software.

The last time I wrote an article using Word editor was never. I keep switching between multiple online writing software, including Grammarly, ProWritingAid, CalmlyWriter, and Bear.

Writing apps have multiple benefits, including:

  • Synchronization: Your articles, drafts, and notes will sync between your devices
  • Customization: You can customize the app any way you like
  • Organization & Notes: You’ll be equipped with the tools you need to organize your ideas. By keeping notes about the topic, you’ll finish faster.

Tools like ProWritingAid also let you analyze the copy. It analyzes your documents and shows you everything you multiple aspects you need to work on.

Not just grammar, but speech, voice, length, readiness, and more. It also has a built-in thesaurus, so you won’t run out of variation in words in the middle of writing.

If you’re still writing in your WordPress editor, give some writing apps a try, and you’ll find your lack of motivation to write is a little lesser.

Read Books

The importance of reading books is something you’ll understand as soon as you do it. If you don’t like reading books, consider making it a daily habit in anyway possible.

Reading often will make you more creative from a writer’s perspective. You’ll learn the techniques of presenting thoughts and putting complex situations in an easy-to-understand manner. Your vocabulary will become better each day, helping you think broader and bigger.

A perfect state of mind for any writer.

Reading books has proven to increase your writing abilities. It’s better than listing to music and surfing YouTube to find different writing strategies.

Read as much as you can. Fix a daily routine for reading before you write. You’ll be writing faster in a week after continuous reading sessions.

Try reading more books from your industry than fiction novels. Fictions are ok but can hook you for hours, wasting your time, and you won’t even realize it until you finish.

Reading Kindle books isn’t bad too. You can download PDF books but avoid audible audiobooks. Instead of listening to audible, listen to podcasts.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is a time-saving strategy. But it can help you write much faster while keeping your energy high once you practice it.

The basics of the Pomodoro technique is setting a 25-minute timer for each task. You don’t take a break unless you finish the task or the first milestone of it.

After the first task, it allows you to take 3-5 minutes of break., once you’ve finished the task or completed the 4th milestone, you can take a 30-minute break.

Now, this strategy is effective in helping you regain your focus and accomplish your daily writing goals.

What happens here is you trick your brain by giving yourself a reward after each milestone, which releases dopamine. Dopamine handles all your motivation and will to do a task, without which you won’t even feel anything motivating enough.

By following the Pomodoro technique’s strict routine, you can get dopamine detox your brain and enjoy writing without losing motivation. It is a simple but effective strategy.

Push Your Imagination

Writing is boring for most people, and it is even duller when you think of it as a job.

Often, you’ll write about blunt stuff that doesn’t leave any room for imagining a scenario or such. That’s when you may feel off and not wanting to continue to write.

I believe the best way to keep writing even when the topic doesn’t connect with you is to use the power of imagination. Try to imagine things your way. Imagine the outcomes, reaction of the reader and their intention, their need, the topic’s relevance to the reader, and how you would like to read the article you’re writing.

It makes it so much easier when you try to build a context in your mind when you look at it from a reader’s perspective.

Take more time to do research rather than procrastinating. Don’t rush with insufficient knowledge, as you won’t have much to craft if you lack information.

Doing so will give you immense confidence, and you’ll back it up with your intelligence.

Don’t Overburden Yourself.

When the writing flow is on, you don’t want to stop it at any cost. I’ve seen many people who continue working even when their eyes get tired, and they feel they should stop now. If you’re like one of those people, stop doing that.

Not having enough sleep will never help you. Your body and brain won’t adapt to it, and you’ll feel fatigued for the rest of the day. The moment you wake up without enough sleep, you’ll notice extreme stress and laziness, which kills the productivity inside you.

It can lead to severe stress, anxiety, laziness, eye-strain, and other kinds of problems you don’t want to have.

Don’t take unnecessary burdens. You can sort out your priorities using a planner; I prefer a daily planner. Maintaining a journal can help you track your daily goals.

Start by taking power naps after your blogging sessions.  Power naps have a solid effect on your mind and help you become more active, and reduces anxiety. It eliminates fatigue and makes you feel less relentless.

Start your day by checking out your priorities, finish them first, and take a break. A short 30-minute break will do the work.

It will help you stay focused and sharp and keep your mind clear. Use Asana to organize your ideas and get your priorities sorted, so you don’t get lost.

Spend more energy on doing things you love by not wasting it on things you don’t.

Anything that has keeps you from creating content should be outsourced. Try using Fiverr to find freelancers for virtually any job.

Try AnswerThePublic

One secret way to beat writer’s block is using AnswerThePublic. It is a free tool that I use from time to time when I find myself losing words.

It is a topic research tool that helps you find questions searched on Google. You can enter any topic, and AnswerThePublic gives you a plethora of ideas related to the topic.

This is a super quick and easy way to find continuation and sub-topics for your articles. Pick up any of the questions that come up in the search and add it to your article as a subheading.

This way, you won’t have to spend hours brainstorming the next paragraph, and you’ll have plenty of ideas to keep writing on.

It is a free tool, so you won’t have to pay anything, and it is amazing at what it does.

Meditate

one of the easiest ways to get rid of writer’s block is meditation. If you don’t meditate at least 10 minutes a day, you’re missing an enormous opportunity to reinvent your day.

Regular meditation makes you calmer and helps you get tangible thoughts.

Rather than finding answers outside, you talk to your inner self. Your thoughts differ from others, and you can lose sight of your original self.

Once you find your missing ideas connect, you’ll come up with original thoughts to write about. All with the help of taking a step back to understand who you are and why you are doing this. Once you are you, who can be you, but you?.

As soon as you finish meditating, start writing and follow the Pomodoro technique.

You can start by reading a book on meditation, or you can use the Headspace app. It’s simple, doesn’t take anyone’s help, and quick to do.

Once you start doing it, don’t quit. You can meditate anytime and anywhere. Sit down and close your eyes for a bit and ask questions. Ask yourself questions you need answers to and keep pondering.

I hope you found your preferred strategy to fight writer’s block. You would also find my guide on writing long-form content helpful.

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