Hey hey! Happy Friday, friends! Now that the weather is getting warmer, my brain is worried about soaking in as much sunshine as I can before the Ohio weather changes. Since my brain is on a summertime hiatus, coming up with blog posts and sitting down to write has been a complete challenge. Rather than taking full advantage of my insane writer’s block and letting ABH go dark during the summer, I am going to overcome this obstacle. Today’s post is all about tackling the brain hiatus obstacle and learning how to avoid writer’s block in the future by following these 5 steps.
How To Avoid Writer’s Block:
Plan content months at a time //
I find that if I sit down and create content months at a time, I’m least likely to struggle with writer’s block. When you write, you should also create extra content when you have ideas flowing. These posts can be drafts that can be easily pulled in when the juices just aren’t flowing. Back in the winter I wrote a blog post on ‘How To Pick Your Wedding Photographer’ and I’m finally going to post it in July. For some reason, I really struggle writing in the summer. I think it’s because I want to be outside enjoying the warm air. Rather than letting ABH go dark, I plan out all of my content for the summer months and spend 2-3 days writing the posts, gathering graphics, proofreading, and scheduling social media promotions.
Keep a running blog post ideas list //
This is so key in avoiding writer’s block! If you are anything like me, if you don’t write it down it’s gone forever. The best way to avoid this is to keep notepads with you all the time. I keep a journal in my purse, a notepad by my nightstand, one in my car, and one by my desk. As soon as a post idea pops into my head, it gets added to a notepad. Then when I get a chance, I sit down at my computer and jot down all of the ideas in a Google Doc. So when I run out of blog post ideas, I reference my Google Doc and get to writing.
Utilize time blocking to write posts //
If you haven’t learned by now, I am a huge believer in blocking out time throughout my day for specific tasks. I do this for cleaning, organizing, writing blog posts, scheduling social media, reading other blog posts, and interacting with others on social media. When you decide it’s time to sit down to write, be sure to turn off all of your distractions. There are so many apps and websites out there that will turn off distracting sites so you can focus on the task at hand. Once your distractions are turned off, change into whatever clothes keep you comfortable. For me, it’s a comfortable t-shirt, leggings, and tennis shoes. Next, grab yourself a cup of coffee, glass of wine, bottle of beer, or whatever drink motivates you. Finally, set your timer to the amount of time you have set aside for writing.
Find inspiration //
There are so many ways to find inspiration on new content. My number one tool is to read other blogs. I find the best inspiration when I’m reading other’s content. Always, always, always be sure that you are not copying their work. Finding inspiration is one thing, stealing is definitely not okay! The best tool to keep all of your blogs in one place is through Bloglovin’. On the app you’re able to save posts that you like, which is great! The second tool I use is Pinterest. I’m always creeping my way through Pinterest boards and looking for topics that scream ‘write about me’. If none of these work for you, look up the National Day Calendar and use one of them for a prompt.
**Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Pinterest to see lots of inspiration!**
Write in a new location //
As much as I love my home office and sitting in my recliner (which I’m currently doing), sometimes I need a change in scenery. My favorite places to go are coffee shops. I just love the atmosphere of coffee shops and the mood. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people, especially when you spend most of your days in your house working.