Do you ever feel stuck in your writing?
Does this sound familiar? You open your laptop and you stare at the blank page. You don’t know where to begin. You don’t know what to say.
I’ve been there.
Here are a few techniques that have worked when I need to get unstuck.
- Change your scenery. If you typically write in the same location, change it up. You can head to a coffee shop, outdoors, or anywhere you feel inspired. Getting outside helps clear my mind. A clear mind lets the words flow freely.
- Free write. Write whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to make sense or be cohesive. The point is to get it out. Once you finish the brain dump, look it over and uncover the hidden gems you drop. You will likely discover that you have plenty of topics that you can begin to develop.
- Read! Read! Read! Read books, magazines, newspapers, other blogs, and anything you can get your hands on. Even re-reading your blog posts may inspire you. Social media can also be a source of inspiration. I wrote an essay that was inspired by an Instagram post.
- Talk to family and friends. Remember, everyone has a story to tell. And their stories can be inspiring. You may find a theme that sparks your creative juices. Also, here’s the perfect opportunity to hone interview skills.
- Rest. Resting allows you to free your mind. And as EnVogue says, “Free your mind, and the rest will follow.” When I stop stressing about being stuck and take a break to rest, ideas start coming.
What tips do you have for getting unstuck?
~Until Next Time,