Ever felt totally frozen and cannot write to save your skin anymore? Well, you got the mind-fuzz malarkey and today allow us to share with you How to Overcome Writer’s Block as it is called.
We all get that mind-fuzz in our heads, you know the type I am talking about! It’s called “writer’s block.” This is when you literally cannot form a sentence, let alone a whole article that feels congruent and packed full of impactful juice for your readers/audience. So how do we clear it and get creative again, how does one overcome writer’s block?
I used to have blog articles on a conveyor belt, popping out one every day for almost 2 years on our original blog bulletin. Then I slowed down to one post a week and that went on for over 3 years. I was so committed and was pretty topical.
Man, I used to pump out long articles. 1500+ words were my shortest type. I could write 3000 words easily daily. In fact, I was told if I could do that daily, I could write and publish a book. And I did, now I have under my belt 6 books and counting, with 2 Bestsellers to boot.
I am not sure when it happened but it did; I am talking about writer’s block! 🙁
I believe I literally burned out, one of the main causes of the fuzz. I couldn’t bring out an idea and form it long enough to do the deep research, craft images to fit, show case studies, etc. I just couldn’t, I even couldn’t find the time to craft one article a month! Know what am saying?
So, today I would like to share with you my proven steps to overcome writer’s block.
What I am sharing with you today could be just what you need if you are feeling overwhelmed and burned out by your business, enterprise, career, or mom life in general.
I sure hope you will find it helpful, and inspiring, and also help you get rid of the
mind-fuzz writer’s burnout and outsmart all that writer’s block malarkey.
My 5 Tried and Tested Tips on How to Overcome Writer’s Block
Understand that no one size fits all, and neither was Liverpool built in one day! So keep trying. I truly believe that if you put your mind to it, you too could get out of that state of mental exhaustion and freeze. And allow your pen to flow again with creative ideas that positively impact your audience and readers.
Are you ready? Let us do this:
#1. Get organized: Did you know that the chaos that surrounds us causes inner chaos and vice-versa? So. to do this, you need to do a brain dump to get to the bottom of why you feel the fuzzy-fuzzies.
This involves doing some brainstorming to come up with a list of all the things/tasks/activities you do on a daily that make you feel mentally/physically exhausted. That may or may not lead to your desired end goals.
Then Delete, Defer, or Delegate and leave only those tasks on your list that you can accomplish fast in a working day that only YOU can do. I assume writing is one of them. I share this process in detail in our complimentary Goal Setting To Manifestation Workbook. Grab it while it is still complimentary! #YW 🙂
Mind you even writing can be delegated to a ghostwriter. So dont get all attached to it. Whats important is getting your message out.
Next and this is still step #1, is to write down all the ideas you are passionate to write about. Once you have a list of potential topics, choose the one that you feel the most passionate about. Or the one that you feel would be the most interesting to write about.
At this point do it for you, not necessarily for your audience. We are trying to get your passion for writing back, let alone wowing an audience. Then…
#2. Set some ground rules: Once you have chosen a topic, it can be helpful to set some ground rules for yourself before you start writing some more. What I did was set a soft word count goal.
Instead of writing 1000 per day, I set just 300. Like a social media long post. So you too might set a word count goal, a time limit, or guidelines for what you want to include in your piece.
Having some ground rules based on a goal that you can increase day by day will help you get back your writing mojo as it did for me.
#3. Hit Reset and Get started:
The hardest part of overcoming writer’s block is actually getting back in the game. If you are a praying person, get with the spirit and seek some guidance take that time for you, coz you will literally reset your writing button.
If like me you meditate, chose your fav meditation, especially one that allows you to envision your future self. Ask her/him some questions about what your life looks like say 20-30 even 50 years from now.
It could be your 40th, 60th, or 80th birthday. What is going on at your birthday party? What are people saying about you, your books or articles, or your life? Ask your future self: How did I get there?
Listen for the answers, and write them down. Those answers may come immediately or later, keep an ear/eye out for them.
In the meantime, once you have your tasks sorted, your hot topic, and set some ground rules, sit down and start writing. It doesn’t matter if what you write is perfect, just get something down on paper. Some of my best writing has been done during such moments.
I call them “my brain dump breaks”. Plus once I show my inner man/woman that I am open to writing again, ideas start flowing and even the answers I was seeking sometimes come through.
This brings me to the next step.
#4. Take a breather: If you find yourself feeling even more overwhelmed or stuck in your head. It can be helpful and is much advisable to take a break from writing. I did.
This was so good for me because it allowed me to analyze without emotions;
- What I was truly passionate about.
- Did I need to write daily and if so what did I feel so strongly about?
- What could I share that would help others on their journey?
This self-analysis process and the breather were what birthed Kalungi Group as an umbrella name for all the stuff I was doing. Allowing me to release some, repackage others and be able to do exactly that which I love.
So I strongly recommend stepping away from your computer or putting your pen down and taking a few deep breaths. Sometimes, all you need is a little break to clear your head and come back to your writing with fresh eyes. Well, at least a less tired and fuzzy mind.
And once you get back your flow…
#5. Keep going: The most important thing to remember when overcoming writer’s block or whatever you are doing to get a mental block is to keep going. Don’t give up on your writing goals, entrepreneurial dreams, and career progression, even if it seems like the task is insurmountable. With a little perseverance, you’ll be able to overcome any obstacle.
And that’s it… keep it simple sweetie coz life isn’t meant to be complicated…
Have you ever had writer’s block or a mental freeze? How did you overcome it? If you got value please do share your tips below.
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Julie Syl Kalungi
I am a Business Transformational Strategist. An International Best Selling Author of Six+ books, including The Art of Pinterest Profits and The Winning Planner. Each week, I send out a free newsletter with my best tips on Social media and Digital Marketing, Personal Branding, and a Winning or Leadership mindset to help your business or enterprise succeed.
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