Writer’s block is something every writer goes through.
You read article after article detailing a writers struggle with coming up with something to write. You’ve dealt with writers block yourself. You sit down in front of a blank screen or notebook and nothing comes to you. You sit for 30 minutes and decide you have writers block.
You don’t have writer’s block. You’re unprepared.
Writer’s Block is a lie
A notebook with hundreds of ideas will give you at least one thing to write.
Good ideas pop up all the time not only when you’re sitting and ready to write. When I first started creating content, I struggled. I would sit down to write and I had nothing. Writer’s block was my arch nemesis. I found myself frustrated and ready to quit.
It’s easy to fall into this trap. You think it’s okay because other people experienced writers block.
Keep a log of ideas to write
Be mindful of everything you read, watch, or listen to for inspiration and jot those inspirations down.
Digital or analog doesn’t matter. I use Roam. Another person said she uses a spreadsheet.
The format doesn’t matter. It is important to use these notes for inspiration or connecting the dots between subjects.
Make sure you are taking adequate notes. When the thought is fresh write down everything in your head at the moment it pops up. One sentence is not enough most of the time. You need to add enough context to pick back up where you left off.
Always having an idea ready will keep you from ever dealing with writer’s block.
Here’s 3 more tips for preventing writer’s block.
Tip #1: Repurpose old content. Your old content is a gold mine for ideas. Take the best performing content and dig deeper.
Tip #2: Use other’s content for inspiration. You read books, watch videos, and listen to content all the time. As you’re consuming the content make sure to look for ideas you can use. These should be added to your notebook of ideas.
Tip #3: Write down all ideas. Ideas come to mind at the worst times. Make sure to stop and jot them down. These will be some of your best ideas. Your brain is sorting through the problems while you’re doing other things. This is why a lot of writers recommend taking walks. It allows time for the brain to process.
You can continue to believe in writers block and waste tons of time with no output.
The better choice is being prepared by keeping a cache of ideas and always having something to write about.