Originally published on A Glimpse Into Eryn’s World – January 29, 2015 and a Featured Blog Post on BlogHer – February 5, 2015
Sometimes finding inspiration to write can be hard. Especially if you’re like me and are running in a million different directions at any given time. Writer’s block hits me often. Not for lack of topics to write about, just for lack of focus to get them out.
When I started blogging, it seemed like my writer’s block went to a whole new level. Probably because now I actually had a place to write, and for people to see what I’m writing, as opposed to writing for my own use. The good news is I feel like I have finally found a rhythm and flow with my writing, and can now focus my thoughts to get something down on paper, so to speak. And as of late, the writer’s block hasn’t been so bad. I’ve found some ways to keep the writer’s block at bay and make sure I always have something to write about. And even things to help when the dreaded writer’s block hits. Hopefully, you will find them helpful too.
When you think of an idea, topic, or keyword, write it down
Toss it in an e-mail to yourself, put it in the notes of your iPhone, or on a napkin. Write everything down. The one thing that’s helped me tremendously is making note of any ideas that come to mind. I keep a document in my Dropbox with various ideas that have popped into my head. I also have some drafts saved with loose title ideas.
Read the news
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been stuck for something to write, and I found myself checking out the latest news stories. Something will usually strike a chord and inspiration sets in. The other benefit? Writing something that’s current and being talked about will usually help your SEO. As long as you’re keeping up with your keywords.
Read what other bloggers are talking about
There are some incredible bloggers out there that always have great content flowing. Sometimes it will be something fun like a Reverse Bucket List (my own post is coming!), sometimes it’s a list of some sort (check out Helene In Between’s 28 Things list), or sometimes they will even create a list of different blog ideas. Usually reading other blogs will trigger something that I want to write about.
I can’t even tell you how many times I have googled “blog post ideas.” Definitely more times that I’d like to admit. But when you have writer’s block, you’ll do anything to get out of it. Here are some of the links that come up.
- 101 Blog Post Ideas by Stringcan.com
- 101 Blog Post Ideas to Make Your Blog “Hot” by Start Blogging Online
- Blog Post Ideas from The Blog Post Stylist
Search on Pinterest
Same thing as Google. You’ll be amazed at the results you get.
Download an app
I recently discovered a couple of apps that have helped spark my creativity. The one that I’m completely in love with is Brainsparker. When you open the app, it shows you cards face down, and you select one. On the opposite is a writing prompt, a phrase, a quote or a word. It’s been really great for helping to keep my creativity and inspiration on track.