Writer’s block is frustrating. As a content marketer your main job is to come up with new ideas and topics for blog posts. You open up Microsoft Word, you have a great idea for a blog post, you open a new document and your staring at a blank screen, cursor waiting for your input. But where do you even start? How do you organise your thoughts and start the process of crafting that elusive blog post?
Writer’s block keeps you from being productive. Many small businesses hire bloggers to maintain their blogs because writer’s block causes them to be unproductive. Staring a blank page can be frightening. However, it does make you wonder as to how authors can write books with material that fills 800 pages. Some of the most successful authors have struggled with writer’s block? So the question remains: how do I get rid of writer’s block?
How Do I Get Rid Of Writer’s Block?
As a blogger, I always struggle with writer’s block. Normally, it starts me staring at a blank screen wondering as to how I’m going to fill it with content. The trick is to face it, and power through it using an outline. An outline provides a way for you to structure your thoughts before the process of writing begins. So for instance, once I have an idea for a blog post I research the topic to get facts and prepare accurate and useful information for the intended audience.
To do this, I use outlines, to think things through before the actual writing begins. Essentially, an outline is a bare skeleton to which you will add the flesh. It breaks down the steps of writing and helps you to articulate your message for your audience. An outline is a list of headlines, at the start you have to write down your heading title, the next step is to break this down into smaller sub headings. It doesn’t have to elaborate, a few simple sentences will do. Once you’ve started this process you’ll find that the article or blog post has been written. Suffice to say that you still have to write the blog post.
So for example if I’m writing a blog post about never running out of blog post ideas, my writing outline would be as follows:
- Brainstorming Blogging Ideas
- How to never run out of ideas again
- Read on a daily basis
- Come up with an alternattive angle to a popular blog post
- Be open to inspiration from anywhere
- Re-purpose existing content
- Keep a notebook to jot ideas down
- Think of one idea per day
- Your next steps
And that’s it. Once you’ve got your outline, writing the actual blog post should be effortless and easy. The trick to writing a blog post ‘filling in the details’ from the initial outline is to type as fast as you can. Don’t think about grammar or correct spelling just write…blog as if your writing for a 5th grader. That’s it, hopefully this should help you to write your next blog post effortlessly.