9 easy ways you can break through Writer’s Block [Video]

9 easy ways to break through writer's block, business writing
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You want to write own content but every time sit down, the blank page just stares at you, and stares at you and stares at you.

Well, today I want to share lots of tips to help you get over your writer’s block and dive back into the content creation flow.

In the video below, I start with talking about tools to help you build your ideas bank. Up to your ears in notes? Fast forward to 6.55mins to discover more easy ways to break through Writer’s Block or check out the pointers below.

 

 

Video Notes

{Full transcription below}

 

1. Note-taking {AKA filling your ideas bank}

A: Always, always, always carry a pocket notebook – don’t forget your pen or pencil!

B: Device Apps (most of these can also be used on your desktop):

  • Google Keep  (I’m an Android girl!)
    • Visual pinboard style
    • Colour coding
    • Tagging
    • Voice notes
    • Text notes
    • Checklists
    • Image notes
    • Search & share
    • Reminders which automatically sync with your Google Calendar!
  • Apple Notes
    • All of the above, plus
    • Sketching
    • (I don’t use Apple, at time of writing, so please share the wonder below.)
  • Trello
    • My go-to writing ideas bank
    • Project management
    • Visual pinboard style
    • Pin/post anything
    • Colour coding
    • Checklists
    • Attach files
    • Comments
    • Search & share
    • Freemium (I’ve only ever used the free version.)
  • Evernote
    • Everything that Google Keep does, plus…
    • Great for writing long content
    • Clip any web page! (browser add-on)
    • Phone app can scan docs using your camera
    • Freemium (60MB per month allowance, thereafter £30+ per year)
  • OneNote
    • All of the above
    • Drawing
    • Collaborate
    • Upload / attach files
    • Import & sync your Evernote!
    • Can handle large files, including audios
    • Versatile formatting – place anything anywhere
    • Free or paid version comes with Microsoft Office

C: Browser bookmarks

D: Physical ideas library

 

2. Kick perfectionism to the kerb

Why are you blanking out?

If you know it’s perfectionism, then you just need to get down the bones

Write it swift & leave it sloppy Click To Tweet

If your Inner Critic is crippling you, read how I manage to switch my inner viper around & download my {non-opt-in} short work’n’playsheet.

If you don’t know why you’re hitting a blank wall, try…

 

3. A stream of consciousness

It gets you into the habit of writing, without pressure, and is also good for dealing perfectionism.

Type your ACTUAL thoughts:

  • “I’m sitting here typing nonsense right now, but I’m going to try & write about XYZ…”
  • include what you were doing just before you sat down,
  • backtrack to your surroundings/activities when you initially made the notes.

It’s this stream of consciousness approach which gets you into the habit of writing, without pressure, or figure out what’s holding you back and end up producing the content.

 

 

4. Get organised

Is your filing system is a mess?

Set aside an hour or two {or a whole day} to go through your apps and notebooks. Sort them out, decide on categories and get down a final list of what content you’re going to create for next 3 months.

If you’re constantly taking short notes but struggling to develop them into content, watch out! You’re on high-idea alert – you’re in the habit of enjoying the high of constantly having & generating new ideas. Our body & mind tries to resist the less-exciting graft required for following through, especially when it come to writing – unless you’re a natural writer of course!

 

5. Vice versa

We spend so much time on screens – going old school with paper & pen/cil works really well. Sticking with loose leaf, rather than notebooks, means you can brain-dump, mind-map, move things around and get the highlighters out, helping you figure out order of content.

 

6. Use your voice

You can record audios and then transcribe them. Transcribing can be very time-consuming. So sometimes it’s a good idea to actually hire a transcriber from somewhere like Upwork or Fiverr , or use a transcription service – I’ve heard good things about Rev.com (and my first experience of using them with this post has been great).

You could try a dictation app. Now I haven’t tried these myself, but I’ve found SpeechTexter.com  and  SpeechNotes.co  that look really good. And they use Google’s speech recognition software which has about a 90% accuracy.

 

7. Film it

Writing is my most natural way to communicate. Video ain’t! Although I’m warming up to getting in front of the webcam, writing is where my heart lies. But what if video lights you up? If you’re more of a talker, try film {you can always get your videos transcribed and hire an editor to make full use of your content}.

 

8. Reverse engineer content

This is a more strategic approach. You can structure regular social media content themes around your offerings or design a content campaign with certain goals, or both.

In addition to launch-specific topics, I have hashtags. I do have my #StorytellingSirens hashtag that’s unique to me, however, I use things like #MondayMotivation, #TuesdayQ, #WriteItWednesday.

The 20 topic categories, which my social media posts must fall under, come in handy when needing a starting point for other content.

Remember you’re the expert! So how can you make it simpler and easier for your ideal client to understand? Think about how you reduce a topic down to bite sized chunks and break it down further so that you can discuss each subtopic individually?

 

9. Have a change of scene

You can take a working break, so work on other tasks for your business. You could do something which involves a bit less brain power like washing up or ironing, hoovering, that type of thing.

As I mentioned earlier use paper instead of a keyboard, or vice versa. You could go for a walk, take a light notebook with you. Or you could take your laptop to a cafe.

 

{Bonus} 10. What is your community asking for?

It IS important to have your content linked to your launches and campaigns. However, it’s also absolutely fine to throw in other content now and again that’s inspired by your community networks, like I’ve done here.

I was inspired by somebody in one of my business networks asking about this very issue and I didn’t want to write big, massive 2000-word Facebook post. So I gave her some tips, but it nagged on my mind that there are so many people that are dealing with this issue, I had to share how we can breakthrough!

What topics are people in your audience struggling with, where you can help?

 

 

 

You may need to try different methods and work out what really works for you.

You might be the kind of person that prefers one hour a day. So maybe an hour of peace once the kids are in bed, or getting up an hour earlier to work on it.

Or you might find you actually need one day a week to dig into your content, switch off all distractions and immerse yourself to get into the habit of writing.

This is crucial:

The more you write, the more ideas you have, and the better you'll get at writing about them. Click To Tweet

Don’t forget to: Write it swift & leave it sloppy!

When you edit, you’ll find this method will preserves your natural Tone of Voice.

 

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What tip are you going to try first? What have you done to break through your Writer’s Block? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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