3 ways to kill writers block
Nine times out of ten, writer’s block comes from being overwhelmed by the decision of what to write about and not an actual inability to string words together. If you can eliminate the decision-making you can escape the fear of the blank page.
First decide when to write.
Begin with the commitment to show up. Schedule a regular time to write — I recommend mornings — and a regular time to publish.
It takes brainpower to make decisions. When you have a bit of free time and think, “maybe I should write something” in that moment of deliberation you are burning energy you could be putting toward writing. If instead you know that you will write at a particular time you can dive straight into writing when the time comes.
Minimize the stress of publishing by establishing a set schedule for doing so. Weekly is ideal. Think about your routines; so many of them are either daily or weekly. The same goes for your readers. Become a part of their routine by publishing weekly.
Daily publishing is very difficult and consistency is key, so until you can reliably put out weekly content, don’t attempt daily.
Documentation is easier than creation.
Writing and publishing weekly can be overwhelming. How will you come up with 52 meaningful topics every year? While it is possible to produce weekly, even daily, creative content, it is even easier to simply document. If you keep this in mind, putting out regular content will be much less daunting.
Instead of worrying about writing the authoritative article on the best way to do XYZ, simply tell the story of how you do it. You can always write updates later as you develop better processes.
People resonate with stories of imperfection, so don’t be afraid to put out imperfect work. Reading about someone else who struggles is relatable, and hearing how they overcome those struggles inspires hope.
Schedule your topics in advance.
Devote your next writing session to brainstorming topic ideas. Consider your audience: What does your reader want to read? What does he need to know in order to progress, whether that progression means learning a new skill or getting closer to buying what you sell? How can you build trust and help him get to know you?
Write down any ideas that come to mind. Once you have a good long list, sort out the good ideas and add them to your editorial calendar.
Now that you know what you will write and when you will write it, you can devote your energy toward actually writing.