Most blockages arise in the middle of the writing process. So when you should actually make the keyboard glow. These writer’s blocks are often the result of missing breaks, because while writing we often forget the time and do not notice how long we have actually been sitting at the computer. And our brains need a break every now and then. Unfortunately, however, it is not always sufficient to solve the writer’s block with a short break. Other measures and steps are often required. Mainly because blockages can also occur right at the beginning of a text. In this section, I’ll give you the best tips to get rid of blockages during the writing process. Because one thing is certain: Even if your preparation is exemplary, such writer’s block can occur.
16. Always start with the headline
If you want to write great blog articles or texts, you should always start with the headline. Don’t write them while you’re writing the body of your blog post. Or, even worse, when the text is already finished.
But why this order?
Very easily: Your headline is a promise to the reader. It explains the benefit that your blog article or text has for the reader. And there lies the problem: It’s difficult to fulfill a promise you haven’t made yet . Accordingly, it is also difficult to find a title for an article that you have already written. Because then you have to look for the promise first. This can make your article look vague, lack a common thread, or make you have to adjust your article afterwards to find a
17. Make big promises in the headline
The headline isn’t just a promise to your readers about what to expect in your article or text. It is also a promise to yourself. If you promise a lot in the headline, you will also have more motivation to deliver a lot.
18. Just start
We often worry far too much about the problems and questions we might face when creating the text. However, most of these potential problems resolve themselves after a short period of time. Therefore, an important tip is: Just start writing. Don’t worry about potential problems before writing a text, only deal with them when they actually arise.
19. Write first, correct later
When writing, it is extremely important to get into the “flow”. However, this flow (writing flow) can only arise if you concentrate fully on writing and do not let yourself be distracted. One of the worst copywriting mistakes you can make is correcting a sentence as soon as you write it down. Spelling mistakes, weak wording or incorrect grammar do n’t matter in the first draft . When you create a text for the first time, you should really concentrate fully on the writing. The optimization and correction follows afterwards.
Tip: Turn off all autocorrect features, typing assistants, and spelling and grammar checking tools while writing.
Another practical tip that can help:
20. Tape off the delete button
To avoid preventing yourself from correcting while writing, simply deprive yourself of the opportunity to correct. Called: Tape off the Delete key on your keyboard (often labeled Delete, Del, ⌫, or ←) or remove it entirely. The latter is quite easy to do with two screwdrivers, especially with older keyboards. With more modern keyboards or notebook keyboards you should rather leave it with masking.
21. Keep the environment quiet
I just mentioned that you shouldn’t be distracted by spelling or grammatical errors. Of course, the same applies to your surroundings! Eliminate all possible distractions when writing. This includes ringing smartphones, e-mail programs or other news services. Ideally, you disconnect the Internet connection on all devices and create an oasis of calm. Each new distraction will cause you to become increasingly inattentive, greatly increasing the risk of writer’s block. After all, you have to rethink your text after every email you answered, after every tweet you read, and after every phone call you made.
22. Write as you speak
Have you ever received a letter from the tax office or another authority? There is nothing worse than “authority German”. It must be awful for the staff there to write lyrics like that. As a blogger, you don’t have to bother with this topic. Because you can write as you speak.In fact, you should write the same way you speak! Not only will this significantly reduce your writer’s block, but it will also appear more honest and authentic.
23. Write for a good friend
Writing will be easier for you if you write a text that is addressed directly to a person. Called: Not “you can”, but “you can”. Don’t write a blog article for your “target audience,” but imagine telling a good friend about the topic you’re writing about.
24. Visualize what you want to write about
Ideally, your texts should not only create images in the minds of their readers, but also in you. Linking posts to images will definitely make the writing feel more real and will make it easier for you. Such images can be created excellently through storytelling. Write and report about your personal experiences. In this way, you not only ensure a constant flow of writing, but also make your texts more personal.
25. Be sure to take breaks
Regular breaks are part of any creative work. Also when creating texts. If your text allows it, for example when a new section or chapter begins, pauses are worth their weight in gold to get back to work with renewed vigour. Many copywriters and creative people swear by e.g. Consider the Pomodoro technique , for example , where you work 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break.
26. Change location
The environment plays an important role in creative tasks. In a tidy office, you will probably find it much more difficult to write emotionally and in a good mood than on a lounge chair in the sun. Of course it is a utopian idea to work continuously with a laptop in the countryside (even if it is often suggested on the Internet today). However, it can make sense to escape the office from time to time and react to writer’s block by changing locations.
27. Write about writer’s block
This tip may sound a bit strange at first, but when you try it for yourself for the first time, you will quickly see how effective it is… If you suffer from writer’s block, then just write about this writer’s block. Let me explain: The characteristic of writer’s block is that you have a hard time writing a meaningful text. You can’t seem to think of any sensible sentences. So what do you have to do to clear this blockage? Write correctly. It can be helpful to write a few sentences to untie the knot in your head and continue writing with new ideas. In practice it could look like this: Be sure to try it the next time you block!
28. Go on to another section
If you’ve created a proper outline for your text or blog article, you can easily move on to another section or chapter in case of writer’s block. Once you’re in the flow of writing, you’ll find it easier to cover those sections that you were previously stuck on.
29. Use the dictation function
If a writer’s block occurs, then simply speak your text! Most modern computers and laptops today have dictation apps or features that make it easy for you to put this into action. Admittedly, this is a matter of habit. With the first dictations you are guaranteed to have one or the other problem. However, as you practice, you will find it easier and easier. And who knows: Maybe you’ll even switch to dictation permanently soon.
30. Gain distance
Sometimes writer’s block is insurmountable. There are cases where nothing works anymore. No matter how good the tips and advice can be. The only thing that helps here: gain distance. Shut down your computer and get some fresh air. Play with your kids or do sports. Find an activity that takes your mind off things or sleep on it for the night.
31. Write emotionally
Writing is a living process that lives from feelings and sensations. This means: Try to be as emotional as possible when writing. Of course, you won’t be able to do that with every topic, because in the post “How does a combustion engine work” or ” The 5 best cookie plugins for WordPress ” there is simply hardly any emotional side. However, if possible, you should definitely make use of this tip, because emotions always help when writing.
32. Seek advice from others
A second opinion can be worth its weight in gold. So if you’re stuck and stuck on a topic, ask others for advice or inspiration. A differentiated perspective is often the key to good texts.
33. Turn off your inner critic
Your biggest enemy when it comes to copywriting is yourself. So if you want to nip writer’s block in the bud in the future, then you should quiet the critical voice in yourself or at least learn to deal with it. Unfortunately, self-doubt often means that many good text ideas are shelved at an early stage. I don’t even want to know how many brilliant blog posts, books or texts in the world have never been published or even written for this reason. One does not say in vain.
34. Discipline yourself
Writing a text will not always be easy for you. This is completely normal and is guaranteed to happen to every blogger and writer. Just because you don’t feel 100 percent motivated doesn’t mean you have writer’s block. So you shouldn’t throw in the towel at the first hint of a lack of motivation or creativity, but try to keep at it. With discipline and ambition, many a blockage can be successfully resolved. It can help to negotiate with your weaker self and start with the minimum. Don’t tell yourself, “I’ll write 1,000 words today.” Instead, say, “I’ll write 100 words.” Or, even smaller, “I’ll open the writing program now.” Because it is important that you start at all. To put it in the words of Woody Allen:
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about writer’s block:
How does writer’s block manifest itself?
When writer’s block occurs, you find it extremely difficult to focus on writing. Every single sentence is torture. It is also very typical that you give in to external influences very easily. Everything else seems to be more important than writing the text. So we almost gratefully reach for the cell phone that is ringing just so we don’t have to deal with the text creation any further.
Which books deal with writer’s block?
If you want to delve deeper into the topic of writer’s block, I can recommend these books:
- Author’s Mindset: Coping with Writer’s Block, Anxiety, and Self-Doubt by Joanna Pen (New York Times Bestselling Author)
- Don’t be afraid of a blank sheet: without writer’s block by studying Otto Kruse
Which films address writer’s block?
Yes, there are even movies about writer’s block. Some of them are even very well known:
- The Shining starring Jack Nicholson (Stephen King film adaptation)
- Shakespeare in Love
- The Secret Window starring Jonny Depp
- Stranger than fiction (must see!