How to Beat Writer’s Block

How to Beat Writer's Block

It’s bound to happen.  You get your WordPress site up and running… Even kick out a few blog posts.  Then…


Writer’s block.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive guide to inspiration.  However, every writer will have a source.  If you can find your inspiration, you can definitely get a handle on your writer’s block and generate some great writing for your blog. Hopefully, the following steps will get you started…

How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block

  • Use Google.  The best/worst part about the internet is that there is so MUCH OF IT!  🙂  If you’re having challenges coming up with something to write, do a quick Google search on the main topic of your blog.  See what other sites are saying. You could even add the word “blog” to your search to help narrow the results (as in searching for “downtown Austin blog”).
  • Look Around You.  Look for inspiration on other websites.  A quick gander at how others write on the same topic can give you a better idea of where and how to get started.  You may even find they give you that creative spark you’ve been searching for!
  • Specialize.  Do you have specialized knowledge that you can share?  If not, it’s time to learn… then teach… by writing a series of blog posts!
  • Branch Out.  If you’re writing on a narrow topic of interest, you are bound to run out of ideas at some point. The only way to sustain your inspiration is to open yourself to new topics.  Keep your focus though.  If you are writing about Rodeos for example, try writing about Rodeo equipment, or what to bring when you travel to a Rodeo.

No matter how you end up getting stuck.  You can handle writer’s block with ease as long as you keep these tips nearby! BTW…  If you need more help getting your WordPress blog off the ground, take a look at our WordPress Training Videos.  Have you faced writer’s block before?  What tips do you have?

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Leave A Reply (8 comments so far)

  1. Edwin
    8 years ago

    I all ways thought I had to stay on the same subject so that my blog wouldn't wonder from one to the other. This way my readers would learn from me about the topic I chose. So your saying it's ok to go to different topics for my readers. What if they don't find the topic of interest ? will they come back or will I loose them?.
    This worried me, so I would run into writers block.
    But then again it makes sense, you would get different readers that would maybe enjoy your blog and come back for new ideas.

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Think of it like this… You\’re not switching to a completely different topic, rather to a different aspect of the same topic. If you\’re blogging about restaurants, you can write about BBQ, Chinese, Buffets, Fast Food, Best Value, Most Expensive, Best Service, Most Novel, etc. Hope that helps Edwin!

  2. Ellie
    8 years ago

    I will pick up a magazine or two. Generally while I'm reading, even if it's not particularly on MY topic, it will spark an idea or two. I'll jot those down until I have maybe 5 or 6 ideas. That will often get me started again. Another idea is that we sometimes forget the 'newbies' …. if we've been blogging for long, it can be helpful to write for the 'first-time visitor again. Those are some of my approaches.

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Those are GREAT! I often forget about the \”offline\” media but you\’re right… magazines are a great source. Thanks for sharing Ellie!

  3. Trish
    8 years ago

    I tend to go look around some forums and just see what people are talking about, problems they're coming up against and often will just write about possible solutions if I can. It helps me learn too because I'm finding out answers to help others and learning in the process. Just like you say there Mercer, I go to Google and type in 'knittingforum' or 'internetmarketingforum' and put these within speech marks! Alternatively I go to where there are no end of forums with thousands of people in them and believe me, any writers' block soon disappears lol! We all suffer from it and sometimes it's caused by too much choice and thinking "man, what will I write about out of all of this?" – good problem to have though eh? Thanks, Trish

  4. Andy Moore
    8 years ago

    I agree, Chris.

    Often the 'Writers Block' is only the lack of an idea which gives rise to the nervous feeling and depression caused by not producing anything useful.

    I find the lack of inspiration is most often caused by inaction. Worry then sets in causing even more inaction. The solution is to DO SOMETHING – anything just to get the cogs turning again. When I start to act, then inspiration suddenly appears as if by magic and the article is already written. Or posted.

    Thanks, Chris.

    Best Wishes to you,

    Andy Moore

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Agreed Andy… too often inaction breeds inaction. Not sure what to write? Start writing about that! 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

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