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12 Ways To Overcome Writer's Block

Posted 23rd October, 2014 by Aliysa

It’s the ultimate conundrum for a blogger. 'Writer's block' can cause a lack of original ideas, hinder your productivity, stem the flow of your blog and leave you completely stumped. It can seem like a colossal hole that’s impossible to climb out of. But don’t despair, we’ve all been there and it is not unconquerable! Here’s 12 ways to overcome those barren spells of writer’s block, and get back to writing compelling content:

1. Mix up your work surroundings

Look around you. What’s your work-space like? A cluttered desk or environment can contribute towards a similar state inside your head. Keep your writing space tidy, but make sure it’s comfortable too. You should feel at ease and focused at your point of writing.

It can also do you a world of good to add some variety to where you work, especially if you’re going through a writing dry spell. Take work outside, go to a coffee shop or get up and move to a different room.

2. Take some time away

Sitting down for a long time behind a screen when you’re creative juices just aren't flowing can be excruciating, and counter-productive. Move onto something else for a while and come back later with fresh eyes. Even a quick coffee break can help clear the mind. I find that when I get stuck, putting a post on hold and coming back to it first thing the next morning is usually considerably more fruitful.

3. Get reading

Reboot your inspiration by reading others’ content. Take a look at any relevant blogs that you follow, articles on information sites, find new blogs and even pick up a book and read for a little while. One of the beauties of blogging is that there is a huge community of others writing, who you can easily interact, collaborate and share ideas with, and be inspired by. Original content can spring from what others are saying, and what others are missing too.

4. Join discussions

From tapping into the Twitter-verse and reading other blogs, you can gain an insight into current trends and hot topics in your relevant field or topic. Share your opinion and join the discussion! A tool that I use to identify ‘what’s hot’ is Topsy, a Twitter search engine.

5. Get rid of distractions

Log out and close those tabs! Sever your ties with Facebook, Twitter or whatever your distracting source of choice is. This includes emails, your phone and even - if possible - human contact! Hone your focus on the task at hand.

6. Be active

An active body = an active mind. A nice little cliche for you there, but it’s true. Exercise can fuel the brain and unleash some creative thinking. You don’t have to run a marathon - even just a walk around your work area can clear your head.

7. Ask your audience

It’s not a cop out, after all you are writing for an audience, so why not write what they want to read?! Asking your readers what exactly they’d like to see more of will bring you closer to them and help create a deeper understanding of which of your posts they enjoyed most and what kind of content they'd like to see again in the future. Many blogs even have a suggestion box feature, where readers can provide feedback of what they’d like to read more of.

8. Look to the past

Having trouble generating post ideas? Revisit some of your previous popular posts. You’ll often find you have more to add, or that your opinions have changed or developed; after all: time = experience = wisdom (yes, another cliched equation).

9. Take notes

Human memory isn't perfect, as we all know, so make sure you take note of any ideas on the fly so you can refer back to them later. I use a notebook app on my phone, where I've amassed a small stockpile of post ideas to look at for those times when I’m struggling.

10. Be a guest

Write a guest post for someone else’s blog. It means you can reuse ideas that you've already posted on your own blog in the past and it forces you to approach your work in a different way. A bit of variety may also help spark the motivation and inspiration which compels you to publish new content on your own blog.

11. Have a rethink

If it’s a particular post you’re having trouble with, completely rethink your approach to the piece. Outline the main points, what you want to cover and break it down into manageable chunks. But be prepared to move on should you come to a stand still; sometimes it’s just not meant to be.

12. Write something - anything

Writing doesn't have to be confined to your blog. Write something elsewhere, a place where the standard of your writing bears less importance to you. For instance, write a review for a restaurant you recently visited on TripAdvisor, or maybe share your perfected spaghetti bolognese recipe on Foodily. ‘No pressure’ writing can kick-start your momentum and get you going again.


We all experience times of written hardship and it’s important to keep your head up and be prepared for when it strikes. During those euphoric times where writing is flowing naturally, continue writing; amass a backlog of posts so that you can keep regularly posting instead of going silent when writer's block hits. When ‘putting pen to paper’ (or 'fingers to keyboard') gets tough, remember why you started blogging to begin with and don't be disheartened!

If you feel that I've missed any key points or would like to expand on anything I've said then I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Categories: Tips, Blogging

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