If you are a blogger, you usually get a lot of “blocks”. Blocks are nothing but times when you get stuck at something – being unable to proceed further.
It is like hitting a brick wall; not knowing how to proceed.
One of the most popular blocks that hits every blogger is the writers block. Well, what is it?
It is when you are unable to put a word on the screen when you really need to be cranking out content. Most bloggers start and end with starring the blank screen when they encounter writers block.
Other kinds of “blocks” include…. well, un-motivated days. When you have no sales, not enough comments, when your blogging is just “all work and no pay” – you simply feel blocked.
Now, lets put all those blocks aside. What I am going to discuss in this post is bit different, and I used to get this block very often until I found ways to beat it.
Let me call it “not writing” block. Well I certainly couldn’t find an apt name; yet I guess this name pretty much delivers its meaning.
So what is “not writing”block?
Writer’s block is something when you don’t know what to write and keep starring the blank screen. On the contrary, “not writing” block is something different.
This is much more pathetic than writers block because you have ideas at hand but you are not making those ideas into useful blog posts. This means you are missing out a lot on your potential marketing venues (in the form of blog posts and articles).
Ok let us dive in to find out how to make all the ideas you have into amazing content with which you can market/promote your business.
Do you capture ideas?
As I said earlier, with “not writing” block you don’t lack ideas but you don’t write them! One of the main reasons for this could be that you don’t capture the ideas that occur to you.
You may get loads of ideas; and trust me ideas occur at strange times.
It doesn’t matter if you get one idea or a hundred; they won’t be of ANY use to you until you record them. If you want to know more about this and tips to capture ideas, I have written already about it.
I am simply going to direct you to those posts:
Blog Post Or Business Ideas: How To Stop Them From Evaporating
Set aside serious writing time
Writing gets better as you do more of it; you probably know it already! And just like any of your body muscles, your brain needs to be worked out.
If you do not set aside some serious writing time regularly you won’t get your ideas into useful content (either a text blog post, a podcast, a video, an infographic or any other form of content).
Make it a habit to write regularly. It doesn’t have to be everyday, if you’re too busy with anything else. I know many bloggers who write their week’s posts on weekends. If this is something you can afford, make it a point that you block off a few hours of your time on weekends for writing.
Also, in this context, it is very important that you keep a track of your time. You can use a browser extension like Time Tracker to track how much time you spend on various websites; this little app is available as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.
This way you can keep a check on your writing time and improve your productivity.
If you love using Google products (like me) you can simply use Google Calendar to block off regular writing times.
If you are comfortable with writing in the early hours every day, block your early hours for writing blog posts.
Do not wake up and sit at your desk with no idea on what to write on. If you have followed my tip #1 you should have a diary of ideas. Plan the previous day on what you are going to write at the early hours of the next day.
Distractions are everywhere; and online is a great source of distractions. You have them everywhere.
Most of the times, distractions are the main reason for your “not writing block”.
Using a minimal text editor can be one of the biggest saver for you. This could keep you off from correcting your spelling and grammatical mistakes as you write.
It is very important that you allow your thoughts to flow freely while writing without going back to edit or make any other corrections.
Also it is important to turn off all the distractions while you’re writing. Facebook, messenger, emails, Twitter, etc. – you have to turn off all the other distractions while writing.
It doesn’t matter how many ideas you are able to generate every day. It doesn’t matter even if you record all those ideas into a nice diary/notebook.
Make sure you kick out “not writing” block in the butt and give life to all the awesome ideas you generate.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!