Overcome Writer’s Block Like a Bonafide Artist

Christopher Jan Benitez
Content marketer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer for hire by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice (It's still real to me, damnit!). Family man all the time.
Christopher Jan Benitez
Christopher Jan Benitez
Christopher Jan Benitez

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Bloggers are like artists – they express their thoughts using the best words possible to help trigger discussions and influence opinions about certain topics. However, when they experience writer’s block, they are muted from the world, their means of communication robbed from them.

As a blogger, you should take precaution to prevent this from happening!

While writer’s block is a regular occurrence, there are lots of ways to minimize its damning effects and help keep you writing compelling blog posts on a consistent basis. To do this, we need to refer how an artist moderates his creative juices, allowing him to come up with artworks that stand the test of time.

Carry a notebook

Artists are known to carry notebooks and write down their creative ideas at moment’s notice. This goes to show that inspiration can strike from out of nowhere, and it is the responsibility of artists to capture these ideas using their notebooks and filter them down once they transfer them onto their desired media.

How should you follow this as a blogger: While a notebook ought to do the job, using productivity apps like Evernote and Workflowy help you transfer your notes easier from your phones to your computer where you write your blog entries.

Organize your notes

Organization is form. Amidst the chaos found in the notebooks of artists are dots that seamlessly connect to form a prophetic and grandiose artwork. The great ideas in a notebook don’t mean a thing if the dots aren’t connected. This is done by presenting the ideas in a coherent, understandable, and unified manner to make all the pieces fit together, logically and artistically.

How should you follow this as a blogger: A way of putting your ideas into order as a blogger is to set an editorial calendar. For a month, you will plot out the articles on specific dates in your calendar so you will have time to prepare for writing all these. Work your way with a particular topic every month and cover every possible ground you can to milk all the topic’s worth. This way, you cultivate a content strategy to prepare ahead of time so you can write them all out while you’re still inspired and feeling creative.

Additional tip! To help you come up with article titles

for your blog entries, refer to Sean Platt’s article titled “100 Blog Post Ideas (Turn Your Brainstorming to Autopilot).”

Read, read, read!

Reading is the key to unlocking new ideas in your head. Brain Pickings features a great blog entry about ways on how to overcome creative block. Most of the artists interviewed answered reading as their solution to getting rid of the creative blues.

The best quote about taking out a book, opening a page, and reading a random sentence from it as a way to get over writer’s block is from award-winning blogger Jessica Hagy:

By forcing your mind to connect disparate bits of information, you’ll jump-start your thinking, and you’ll fill in blank after blank with thought after thought. The goblins of creative block have stopped snarling and have been shooed away, you’re dashing down thoughts, and your synapses are clanging away in a symphonic burst of ideas. And if you’re not, whip open another book. Pluck out another sentence. And ponder mash-ups of out-of-context ideas until your mind wanders and you end up in a new place, a place that no one else ever visited.

How should you follow this as a blogger: Take a break to read your favorite blogs or online magazines when you feel like your mind has gotten stuck with your writing. This allows you to freshen up your thoughts by doing something pleasant for a while. Once you’ve read something, this would give you a renewed sense of purpose and perspective that will help you lead off with your current writing.

However, you can also read for collecting and gather information that you can use for a blog post. Here’s what you could do.

  • Create a Feedly account and add articles, topics, and URLs of websites relevant to your blog. When doing further research to writing your content, read the feeds from your Feedly account to draw new ideas and find out what’s currently trending in your field of interest.
  • Want to create a list for your blog? Read pre-made lists at List.ly. If you’ve found a list fit for your blog,  embed the code on your post to save you time from writing your own list. You can also comment on the list if you have strong feelings about it.
  • If you’ve run out of topics to write, download the Repost WordPress plug-in so you can read content related to your blog that you can publish on your blog for free without having to worry about duplicate content.

How about you, dear reader – are there any more tips and advice you’d like to give bloggers on how they can overcome writer’s block and elevate blogging to an art form? Share your ideas by commenting below!