We all have days where we have no idea what to write. We sit there, staring at a blank computer screen and wonder what in the world we are going to write about today. Our minds are either a complete blank or so filled with ideas that we can’t grasp just one. So, how do you overcome this writing block? Here are five ways:
- Take a break – The more you try to force yourself to write, the worse off you will be. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is take a break. It does not have to be a long break, sometimes five minutes away from your screen can do the job. If you are tired, take a short nap. If you are hungry, have a snack… away from your desk. If you really want to get your blood pumping, do some sit-ups or push-ups. Whatever you do, just give your eyes a break from the screen and your mind a break from thinking.
- Look around – Sometimes inspiration does not have to come from within. Take a look around you. Do you have anything you have been thinking about lately? Check your bookmarks and favorites. Can you write something about them? Surf the web or turn on the news. It might not be related to anything you see, but something will inspire you to start writing.
- Just start –If it has been a while and nothing is working, then just start writing. Do stream of consciousness. Go on a rant about writer’s block. Just type your thoughts. Eventually you will see a pattern emerge and something productive will come out. You can always edit out the junk later, for now, just write!
- Get a hobby –Sometimes your brain gets burnt out thinking about the same old topic all the time. Get a new interest that is not related to writing. Grow a garden, watch a movie, or take up knitting! Whatever the case, you will have fresh material to write about. Even unsuccessful hobbies make for fun and interesting stories
- Blast from the past – Take a look at some of the things you have written before. Maybe you have new ideas you can add to them or maybe you have changed your mind. Reusing old topics is not a bad thing as long as you don’t just spit out the same garbage. If you can use an old thing in a new way, then do it.
These five ideas are just simple things that can get you over the looming mountain of low productivity. If your mind refuses to write another word, then try one or all of these tips. Hopefully you’ll soon be back at your desk, furiously typing away.
This Content is Currency guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny payroll. She welcomes your comments via email: jdebra84 @ gmail.com.