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It can strike at random. One day you’re free-flowing with inspiration and the next you wake up and BAM! Brick wall. You stare at your computer screen for hours and nothing happens.
Where did all your creativity go? What happened to those poetic paragraphs that effortlessly typed their way from your brain to your computer screen yesterday? They’re gone, and you feel helpless.
Writer’s block is real, my friends. That blank screen/journal page/whiteboard can feel full of evasive, unrequited love.
You want to provide value. You want to inspire. You want to create. I know you do. I hit that wall too often myself.
After a decade of writing for my career, sometimes it just seems impossible to have a new thought. To write a blog that’s not just a hodgepodge of things I’ve read that day or isn’t a boring, straight-forward snooze fest can be really hard. As much as I want to be the content machine I know that I am, sometimes my brain just isn’t ready.
When this happens, my go to’s are hitting my yoga mat for a quick stretch-sesh or cleaning something in my house. Getting my eyes and mind off the screen for a bit usually brings some clarity and I can sit down and just power through a post afterward.
But sometimes that doesn’t even do the trick. Sometimes just getting that first sentence on the page is the most difficult part of the process. So what do we do then?
Have you ever tried writing prompts? These are statements or questions designed to help you think outside your usual train of thought. They spark your imagination and get your mind spinning.
Consider these you new best friends. They’re here to help you get on the right path. They’re here to challenge you. They’re here to help you brainstorm. They’re here to lend a helping a hand.
This list of prompts made lovingly just for you can be used for so many different things. You could use it as a free-writing prompt, journaling prompt, or even for blog ideas. Whatever you're trying to write, these can help!
Well, no need to keep you from writing any longer than I already have. 🙂
I hope this list will help you when writer’s block strikes.
Aside from having these helpful prompts at your fingertips, sometimes all you need to do is just start writing – even if it has nothing to with the actual work at hand. Grab a notebook and pen or pull up a fresh blank screen and just type away. Whatever is on your mind, get it out. No matter what I’m free writing about, I find it usually helps my mind transition into writing mode.
What do you when you hit that brick wall? Do you go for run? Bake cookies? Take a nap? Talk to a friend? Your fellow bloggers and I would love to hear your strategies for the writer’s block blues.
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