How To Counter Writer’s Block

blog-428950_960_720The worst thing about writing is when you sit there and can’t think of what to write.

Writer’s block happens to all of us at some time.

Here’s what to do.

How To Counter Writer’s Block

Not everyone finds it easy to write.

Some people, such as myself, enjoy writing and this makes the task much easier.

But if you’re not used to writing or if you have memories of school when you had to sit before a blank sheet of paper to write an English comprehension or essay in one hour, then it seem like horror.

Even professional writers and people who enjoy writing can occasionally suffer from  “writer’s block”.

Put your current topic to one side and try writing about another subject instead.

Try reading someone else’s writing. Go and surf your favourite website, Facebook, news site, whatever.

Go and do something else. Get another more routine task out of the way. Go and talk to some colleagues (and interrupt their writing activity!).

Have a cup of coffee.

Or go for a walk. Don’t sit in front of the computer or pen and paper if the words just won’t come. Get some fresh air and exercise instead. This can work wonders in getting the ideas flowing again.

But sooner or later you still have to get back to the computer and start writing.

Here’s One Way To Counter Writer’s Block

First read some articles already written by other people on the same topic. This will stimulate your mind and imagination.

You can even cut and paste some of the material you’re reading and rework it to get you started.

But don’t copy and reproduce text written by others unless you have their permission as that is copyright violation.

Then, when you begin actually writing, only write for 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Open your favourite editor or word processor program on your computer. Then just start writing about some aspect of your niche subject.

Don’t criticize what you’ve written,  don’t worry about spelling and grammar, and don’t try to edit it. Just write.

You don’t even have to write full proper sentences. Just put down whatever points occur to you, in whatever order. Write for 10 minutes and then stop.

Don’t try to tidy it up or edit it straight away. Save it, then go away and do something else ad let it sit until the next day.

To create the best quality content, always draft and edit your text at different times.  Never try to write your draft, edit and complete it all in the same session. Keep these tasks separate with a break in between. Preferably a full day in between.

Next day, take a look at your piece of writing again. Add to it, modify it, improve it. Add a small number of your relevant subject niche keywords to the post – but don’t overdo it.

Don’t try to “keyword stuff” your post. It doesn’t fool the search engines nowadays and it just reads bad and looks bad to your human audience.

Always write with your human audience in mind first and foremost and not the search engines. Don’t forget it’s always human visitors that will become your customers, not search engine bots. So always put your human visitors first.

How To Edit Your Posts

Later in the day or the next day, give your piece a final edit and polish.  And also run it through the spell checker.

You should always read it through yourself as well. Don’t just rely on the spell checker. This is because spell checkers can’t recognize “syntactical errors”.

These are things like sentences that don’t make sense, even though all the words in the sentence are spelt correctly. Writing for example, “witch” instead of “which”, “too” when you really meant “two” and so on.

The spell checkers can’t catch these errors, only human readers can, so the only way to find them is to read through your post yourself.

This is also a reason why you need to give yourself a break from your own writing after drafting and before you give it the final edit – it lets you look at your work with fresh eyes.

Then you can then copy and paste your article from your editor into your WordPress Dashboard, using the Posts → Add Post facility.

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