Creativity Hacks

4 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Content is King! You get it—you know you must generate valuable content to attract inbound traffic to your website. But sometimes you find yourself stuck for ideas.

There’s nothing more intimidating for many writers than the proverbial blank sheet of paper.  If you’ve ever found yourself at a loss for ideas when you really should be writing, here are a few tips for breaking writer’s block for good.

  1. Define your Audience and Purpose – Begin by articulating who your audience is and what your purpose is for writing. It’s important to frame your ideas in terms your audience understands best. This exercise should provide a launch pad for some initial ideas. And sometimes you’ll find that just getting started is enough to break writer’s block.
  2. Make a List – Try just making a list of everything you want to say in your message. Sometimes it isn’t that you don’t know what to write, it’s just that you haven’t organized your thoughts. The best way to get past this roadblock is to make a list of everything you have to say without worrying about whether it’s in the right order or not. You can arrange the order of your thoughts later, and maybe, by removing the stress of having to pre-organize your thoughts you will find it easier to get them down on paper.
  3. Create an Outline – Here’s another way organization itself can help you break out of writer’s block. Break down your composition into three main parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Or as in speech writing: tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. As you approach each section of your outline, you will begin to determine which ideas belong in each section. I’ve found that once I have an outline developed, the composition practically writes itself.
  4. Become a Dictator – Another tip for breaking writers block is to stop writing altogether. Try using a speech-to-text voice recorder like those found in most smart phones.  By speaking your thoughts directly, you will find a more fluid way to express yourself in words. Sometimes it’s more natural for people who were very good at speaking to simply dictate their thoughts and ideas. You will be more relaxed writing this way as you can get up from your desk, look out a window or even walk around as you “write”. You can use a word processor afterwards to edit your text and polish up your writing after you have dictated your draft.

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2 thoughts on “4 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

  1. James,
    I love your article, 4 Ways to Break Writer’s Block. You’ve hit the nail on the head with this one. I think that anyone who writes should follow these steps.
    I design learning to improve people’s business communications. To help them I designed an infographic that offers 5 steps similar to the 4 ways you outline in your article. I’d be happy to send it to you so you could compare the two.
    And thanks for liking the Language Lab tweet!

    1. Yes, Please share your infographic. I feel this is an important topic as I encourage all my clients to blog and provide content – not an easy task when you’re busy running a business or marketing department. Any way we can help them overcome the inertia to write and share ideas is most appreciated.

      Jim Gross

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