One of the hardest parts about blogging is posting consistently. As you may have noticed, up until last week I hadn’t posted since February 15th. Between college visits, school, spring break, and a new puppy, I have had a busy month. But the fact that I’ve been busy hasn’t been the only reason I haven’t posted in a while. I have also been having trouble coming up with good post ideas. So today I am going to share with you a few tips on how I got ahead in October and how I got back on my self-imposed schedule this month. Here are 5 ideas for Getting Ahead of Writer’s Block:
- When an idea comes to you, write it down. Even if it is a rant. You never now where you might use it. (Take this post for example, I’ve had this in draft bin for over a year!)
- Take a break from posting posts (I took most of December off in 2016). If you can think of blog posts, awesome. I found that the less pressing (self-imposed) deadline was much easier to handle. This meant I had January and even some of February scheduled before January 1st.
- Write a few resource posts (like my 21 Gift Ideas for Batman Fans post) that will interest your readers. This kind of post is easier to write than a normal post, and it helps your readers. I also used the gift ideas posts to build up my to-buy list and vice-versa. Cool bonus, right?
- Sometimes save extra stuff, dont always delete it. When you are editing a post and decide to remove a paragraph, think about whether or not you can use it elsewhere. This is especially applicable to stories, but there are places in a normal blog post that this could work. I have several drafts that are designated ideas and deleted scenes saving bins. In fact, one of the scenes from Episode 15 of The Phantom Jedi was something I cut from the Episode 9 and 10 arc.
- Take an old essay or research paper and use it as a base for a post or just post it as is. Often times, writing is easier when we already have the bulk of the foundation already done. That’s one of the reasons #1 and #4 work so well 🙂 An example of this on my blog is my Modesty Isn’t a Pain: an Essay on Fashion post.
I hope these ideas help you get ahead of writers block. If anything inspires you, whether it is a person, image, story, or idea, take the time to write it down or take another form of note. You never know when it could inspire an amazing blog post!
How do you get ahead of writer’s block?