“Writing, When You Don’t Know the Secret, is the Hardest Job in the World” – By Gary Halbert
So, What is the Secret?
The secret is basically your knowledge of the topic you want to write, and if you do not have the knowledge of the topic you want to write, you definitely cannot write unless you study and learn.
The Actual Meaning of Writer’s Block
Almost everyone thinks that staring at your computer screen and thinking about what to write is writer’s block. The truth is – that’s not writer’s block. That is because you don’t know what to write, which also means you have no knowledge about the topic you are writing.
If you have no knowledge about the topic you are writing, than all the practical ways I’m going to share in this post will never work for you. So what actually is writer’s block?
Writer’s block is basically caused by your thinking mind disconnecting with your hands. Which means, your mind has the knowledge of the topic, but you just can’t put it out in words form.
There are many reasons that cause writer’s block to pop up and here are some common ones:
Fear of What You Write Might Not Live Up to the Standard
You are afraid that someone might criticize your content. Remember this – you are not going to please everyone, there will be reader who just doesn’t like you, so don’t let fear control you.
Here’s a quote you should remember:
“I Didn’t Worry About Offending The Dogs. Instead, I Concentrated On Selling The Foxes.” – By Gary Halbert.
Always Striving for Perfectionism
Nothing in this world is perfect, even the best of the best writers in the world’s work is not perfect either. If you are still thinking about what word or sentence is perfect to write, writer’s block will eventually pop up. Editing should be done after you have finished writing the first draft of the content.
Timing is Wrong
There are some times in a day where you can write very well without writer’s block, but there are also times in a day where you just couldn’t write. You have to know your best time to write; I cannot decide for you.
As any blogger will know, there comes a time when even the most well versed, knowledgeable, and hard working blogger can hit the obstacle known as writer’s block, at which point it seems almost impossible to write anything at all, let alone content worthy of a blog’s front page.
This happens to the best of us, and the question really isn’t how to avoid it, but how to overcome it. Below are 11 practical ways to overcome writer’s block.
1. Write Your Sexual Fantasy
When my writer’s block pops up in front of me, I usually spend about 15 to 20 minutes writing sexual fantasy, which I always dream of because that’s the easiest thing to write.
Everyone has had this dream of having sex with someone, and this is natural. Believe it or not, natural writing is always the best writing and nothing beats that.
The purpose of writing sexual fantasy is to keep your mind awake and let your brain connect with your hands. When they are connected, you will be able to write smoothly without writer’s block again.
2. Write Comments on Other Blogs
This is easy, when your writer’s block pops up, all you have to do is go to Google and search for a few blog posts on the subject or topic you are writing, then read it and make comments.
The purpose of commenting is to make sure you don’t stop writing. Just spend about 30 minutes searching, reading, and commenting, at the end, you will realize your writer’s block is gone.
While reading other blog posts on the same subject or topic and commenting on it, you will also get more ideas to write. Isn’t that killing two birds with one stone?
3. Revisit an Old Post
If you absolutely can’t think of anything to write, then why not revisit an old post and offer an analysis of it based on your current way of thinking?
Maybe you’ve changed your mind about something, or you have an update on a previous topic. You don’t always have to conjure a post out of thin air; sometimes our old writing will jar that block loose long enough to get something published
4. Take a Cigarette and Start Smoking
Are you a smoker? If you are, than this method might just work for you. As you probably know smoking only takes about 5 minutes and within that time, you stop doing and thinking about everything accept smoking.
Let the smoke take over your mind and just relax. The best is to stand near your window and stare as far as possible with an empty mind while smoking.
This is to let your mind have some peace, so that later you will be able to re-connect your mind to your hand and start writing. Believe it or not, I’m a smoker too, and I can tell from my own experience it does work for me, although I don’t smoke very often.
5. Answer or Ask Question in Quora
Quora is like a drug. It is very addictive once you get involved. I use it almost every day, and I can’t stop. But it is a very good drug that lets you overcome writer’s block.
When you are stuck, go over to Quora (sign up if you haven’t) and start answering or asking questions related to the subject or topic you are stuck writing. You can also read the answers given by others.
The purpose of using Quora is to get your mind opened up to more ideas, but be warned, don’t get addicted. Spend about 15 minutes and then close it for the day.
6. Activate Your Whole Body to Move
Sitting down for too long is never good. When your writer’s block pops up, usually your mind is telling you that it is time to shut down.
But shutting down will stop you from writing, so the best way to avoid your mind shutting down is to start warming up again. Stand up and move around then start stretching your head, hands, and legs.
The purpose of stretching is to keep your mind alert and focused, so it can connect well with your hands and let you start writing again.
7. Write About Writer’s Block
This is a sort of hack that I use when nothing else works. I sit and write about how frustrated I am about my writer’s block. I might even create a story around it.
The key here is to be honest and open about your frustration. Somehow, it usually helps release the tension keeping me from being creative.
8. The Early Birds Catches the Worm
Have you heard of this idiom before? It means only those birds that wake up early get to eat the worm while those that wake up late get nothing. So how does this have to do with writer’s block?
Well, it is said that the fresher your mind is, the better it connects. So, try waking up early in the morning and start writing where you left off.
Although your fresh mind won’t catch the worm in the morning, it does catch ideas and believe me, the more ideas you catch, the fresher the mind connects.
9. Read or Watch Motivational Content
Sometime writer’s block is caused by loss of motivation to write. I believe this occurs to even the best writer in the world. When you lost your motivation, your mind and hands tend to disconnect, causing whatever you do to stop.
When this happens, the best way to reconnect again is to read or watch motivational content. Content that will tap into your emotional pool and reprogram your mind to connect.
Try looking up to these people on Google or Youtube:
- Nick Vujicic
- Lizzie Velásquez
- Jon Morrow
- Jessica Cox
- Bethany Hamilton
- Patrick Henry Hughes
10. Read Other Blogs
I’m not recommending that you steal content, but rather that you find something that fires you up so that you can either expand on the argument, or refute it.
I’ll admit, this is tough to do, as writer’s block also seems to function as reader’s block, but it’s worth a try. A little bit of passion might do the trick.
11. Take it Easy On Yourself
Many times, writer’s block is a sign that you’re being too strict on your writing requirements. Maybe it’s time you give yourself permission to write poorly for a while. Also, if you go through periods where you’re mostly serious for a time, then you will find that giving yourself permission to play can help you overcome your writer’s block.
There really is no right way to overcome writer’s block, save what works best for you, which means you need to save this post now, before you actually have the block. Then when it hits, you’ll have a quiver full of arrows that you can use to pierce the fog.