One of the things I’m always struggling with is writers block. I’m never short of ideas or things I want to talk about, but when I actually sit down to write – my mind just seems to go blank!
As someone who relies on her writing skills to make money, it’s obviously not the best when this happens.
I have a habit of getting annoyed at myself and trying to force myself to write anyway, which really doesn’t work out well.
I usually end up with content that I don’t like and that doesn’t get many views.
So rather than stressing myself out and creating content I’ll cringe when I read back, it’s better to just take a step back and wait until I’m actually feeling inspired to write something.
Let’s face it, comfortable clothes solve just about every problem. Take your bra off. Get out of tight jeans and into some leggings. Snuggle up in your favourite oversized jumper with a hot water bottle.
Whatever makes you feel comfortable!
Obviously it’s not always possible to do this, especially if you’re in a public place (apparently whipping your bra off while you’re sat in a busy coffee shop isn’t socially acceptable for some reason) but this is where I’ll try to plan ahead.
If I know I’m going to be out for most of the day, I’ll wear my Sketchers instead of a pair of boots; loose jeans rather than skin tight ones.
Change of scenery
I know a lot of bloggers that go to coffee shops or shared work spaces to work, but thats not necessarily what I mean. Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can make it really hard to leave the house, so travelling to the nearest Starbucks isn’t going to be easy.
Instead it can be something as simple as moving from your bedroom into the living room or out into the garden if the weather is nice enough.
Recently I’ve started to find it hard to work when I’m sitting at my desk; I’ll just start to zone out and daydream rather than get anything done.
Just as I’ve spent £75 on a new desk chair too…
So I’ve started just grabbing my iPad Pro (which has to be one of my best investments to date!) and write from my bed instead. While I talk a lot about not working from your bed and how it can make you even less productive, I’ve found thats not always the case.
Some of my most productive days have been spent in my pjs, sat in bed and drinking cups of tea.
Do something completely different
I sometimes find that going away and doing something completely different helps get past the writers block.
Especially if its something I don’t find particularly interesting.
Taking some time away from writing to put some washing in, hoover or tidy up lets my mind relax and work in the background. There’s been quite a few times when I’ve been struggling to write a post, gone away to do some housework, and come back full of ideas and with most of the post already drafted in my head.
In fact, one of my popular posts was written like this, after struggling with writers block for hours!
Stop putting so much pressure on yourself
I need to stop doing this in general really.
I’m forever putting pressure on myself to create new content, post interesting or witty things on social media and think of new ways to grow and engage with my audience.
All that actually end up doing is burning myself out.
I try and do everything myself and work 24/7, when in fact I need to start balancing my time a lot better – especially as I’m going back to uni next week.
Step away from the keyboard and do something non writing related. Take some self care time or do something you’ve been putting off for a while; anything as long as it isn’t writing.
That way when you come back, you’ll be refreshed and (hopefully) full of new ideas.
What do you do when you’re struggling with writers block?