A blank page can be daunting — as can a blank screen. One of the biggest blogging challenges is also one of blogging’s most fundamental elements: what do you write about? Even bloggers who get off to a great start hit a wall at some point, watching days slip by with no new post. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. More often, “I have nothing to say!” is the culprit.
The thing is, you almost never have nothing to say. What you actually have are a whole bunch of somethings to say — you just don’t think they’re funny/clever/engaging/profound/whatever enough. The next time you come down with a case of I’m-Not-Interesting-Enough-itis, try these four-and-a-half steps.
Photo via LettersofNote.com
All writer’s experience ebbs and flows in their writing. In fact, the photo above is a telegram from the writer Dorothy Parker to her editor, apologizing for being unable to finish her work. As we move into the second half of 2012, you may be feeling a bit like Ms. Parker herself or or looking to infuse your blogging goals with a new zest for life. If so, take a look at these tried and true tips for working through a writing lull.
Write, without expectation: Whether you’re completely at a loss for words, or just feeling blasé about blogging lately, keep writing. Writer’s block most often comes from the pressure we put on ourselves to write something profound every single time we click on that “Add New Post” button. If you allow yourself to write freely and without expectation, you will stumble upon a new thought or phrase that is just the trigger you were looking for.
Read other writers: Reading other blogs, articles, or books offers a break from feeling pressure about not knowing what to write or how to finish a piece, and simultaneously stirs up new ideas and thoughts. You can always use the WordPress.com Topics pages or the Find Friends tool to look for new blogs. If in-person interaction helps get your creative juices flowing, search Meetup.com for a local book, blogging, or other creative club. (Or start one yourself!)
Mini-challenges: When you’re in a rut, it means you’ve grown beyond your original goals. Think of where you can take you’re writing next, and how you can get there. Using mini-challenges can help break up your goals into smaller, more attainable practices and are a fun way to spur new writing ideas.
Want more resources? Take a look at these blog posts from other writers on writing when the words aren’t there:
Have you been meeting your blogging goals? If so, what are you tips for staying focused and productive? Will you be making any changes to your goals for the next half of the year?