How to Keep Blogging When Writer’s Block Hits
Excitedly, I set my cup of coffee down, put on my blue-light glasses, turned on instrumental music and prepared to write a blog post. However, despite my “perfect” conditions, the little blinking black cursor seemed to mock me as it flashed on the empty white page. Excitement turned to exasperation as I struggled to think of topics, ideas or even an opening sentence for this week’s blog post.
As bloggers, what do we do when writer’s block hits?
Unfortunately, there’s not a secret formula or magic wand, but there are a few established practices to rely on when the dreaded black cursor begins to flash again.
Get in the Word.
Soon after I started blogging, I quickly realized my time in the Word directly correlates with my ability to write, teach and encourage readers.
As believers, we must know that daily time in the Word should not and cannot be optional. The Bible always teaches, reproves, corrects and trains our hearts. (2 Timothy 3:16) And because we are quick to forget, the time we spent yesterday is not sufficient for today. Our hearts need to draw near to Him daily.
This time is the fuel our hearts need to write. As you spend time, intentionally ask the Lord what He wants you to share. Often, what He’s revealing to you will be truths your readers need to hear as well.
Rely on your storehouse of content.
When it comes to overcoming writer’s block, the good news is you don’t always have to start from scratch. Sometimes, the best place to start is somewhere you’ve already started.
Go back to old blog content and see what can be updated. Review old social media posts and see if any of them can be repurposed. Reference old ideas or posts that were never published or completed. Don’t get stuck having to write something completely new.
Whether you’re Type A or not, planning ahead is a great way to overcome writer’s block.
Keep a log of ideas and inspiration for blog content somewhere you can easily access when you get stuck. Then, take some of those ideas and lay them out in a content calendar so you will always know what topics are coming up. When we are faithful to prepare and plan, we practice wisdom and good stewardship in our blogging.
Do your research.
Finally, if you want to keep blogging when writer’s block hits, don’t hesitate to rely on others.
Blogging can feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to. Reach out to other writers and/or bloggers to ask what type of content they’ve had success with. Ask your social media audiences what they would like to read about. Talk to your friends and family about what the Lord is teaching them. Then use those conversations as inspiration for your next post.
Next time writer’s block threatens to keep you from blogging, take a deep breath and remember the Lord has called you to write — then rely on Him to equip you for the task. What are additional practices you rely on when writer’s block hits? Share in the comments below!
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