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Tricks to Avoid Writers Block

Do you guys want to talk about a fun topic?  Let’s do it… writer’s block.  You having fun yet? 🙂

Usually, I’m pumped to begin my writing for the week.  I have a huge list of potential topic areas and find a way to seamlessly fit them into the schedule I have set to make sense to the reader.  Is this blog perfect?  Far from it.  But I can say that I have so much fun writing that the safe consistency makes it even more enjoyable for me to see what you guys enjoy reading.

But some weeks, every topic I have ready to go just looks like a chore.  I have zero pictures lined up and all I want to do is sit back to watch the Blackhawks play in the playoffs.  Even if you don’t like the Blackhawks, I’m sure that a lot of this sounds familiar to many of my fellow writers out there.

So what’s a girl to do?


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Keep scrolling for four of my tried and true tips to get yourself out of a writers block funk, and to avoid getting back there in the near future.  Then, please share some of your favorite tips in the comments section below.  I can’t wait to put some of your ideas into practice, too!

1) Don’t wait until the last minute

Over time, I’ve started to notice one, blaring consistency – when I wait until the last minute, there is always something else that I want to do instead of write.  Learn to take the time when inspiration strikes to write your posts and schedule them to be posted at the right time.  If you don’t like using the regular WordPress timer, I’ve loved using Windows Live Writer for this purpose.

2) Carry a journal with you everywhere

This is the one piece of advice that multiple bloggers provided when I was first beginning, and I totally get it now.  Inspiration is literally everywhere, but only when you write it down and let it “marinate” a bit will you have the opportunity to understand where you can align your unique perspective.  You’re writing a blog, so be prepared to share your voice.  If I don’t have my blogging journal with me, I regularly use the notes function on my phone to allow me to remember the topic later on.

3) Clear out the physical clutter

When I was in college, I was strangely able to focus a lot better in a slightly messy room.  But now, I’ve definitely moved on from the ability to isolate the two states of mind.  Now, when my home or work space is a mess, all I can think about is that there’s a pile of laundry to put away, end tables to dust, and a pizza box that I need to take down to the trash room (it’s been several years since college, but some habits remain.)  Clearing out this physical clutter allows the time and space needed to think.  And thinking leads to writing.

4) Have a designated time & space for writing

My favorite time to write is Sunday early afternoons.  I bring a glass of champagne (obviously), my notebook, and my computer to my roof to plan out as many posts as I can for the near future.  Being back in this space always gets me in the mood to write – and I always feel prepared heading into the week ahead!

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What are your favorite tips for beating writers block?  I’m sure I’ll use them in the near future!

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  • Reply Jamie

    Great tips! I definitely like to take the time to write when I’m really in the mood. And sometimes if I’m not feeling it, then I just allow myself to take a day off and refresh my brain for the next day! : )

    June 11, 2015 at 10:26 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      It’s so much better than just trying to force words on the page – and I feel like everything comes more from the heart when you want to be there. 🙂

      June 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Carry a notebook always as you have said. The other tip I have is that it’s fine to just scribble whatever pops into your head. Sometimes these scribbles flesh out into a piece of work and other times they get binned. I always have a pile of scribbles on the go.

    June 11, 2015 at 10:49 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great idea! Always good to have a little extra paper nearby. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      June 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply keen peach

    What a great topic because I get writers block all the time! Great tips!
    If I can’t think of anything else, I just post my “default” of what I ate and my workout. It’s always good to have a default haha.

    June 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      So true! Still working on what that is for me, but I love reading your updates – even if they are the default, haha!!

      June 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Tricia Johnson

    You totally had me laughing out loud when you mentioned that you bring a glass of champagne when you blog plan on your roof! I love this!

    The past few months I’ve been struggling with writers block too so I can totally relate. I love your tip of having a designated place and time to write and that you strike when the inspiration hits. I couldn’t agree with that more! If you’re not inspired, writing can be a real struggle!

    June 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely! And sometimes the champagne is just the inspiration we need. 🙂

      June 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Chelsey @ lashestolunges.com

    I don’t post enough to really plan mine out since I just do the one challenge a week post. When I’m driving (literally like 5-15 min errand runs) a lot of times is when things will start coming to me and I’ll turn on the voice recorder on my phone and say outloud my thoughts. Sometimes I come back and realize they weren’t great but a lot of times had I not done that I would have forgotten. I’ve posted once when I wasn’t in the mood. It was my worst post. For me, i have to be in the zone. I also will bounce ideas off my husband because sometimes he sees things differently and I end up taking things completely different direction than I planned after briefly talking to him.

    June 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      That’s a great point – bouncing ideas off other folks, too! And you’re so right – if you’re not “in the zone” things just don’t come out exactly as you had planned (at least for me.) Thanks for sharing!!

      June 15, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply ktenkely

    A glass of wine. It gets me out of my own head and my inner editor stops being so critical. Best posts always come after a glass of wine 🙂

    July 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Touche!! I may have to add glasses of champagne to more posts. I’ll let you know how the experiment works out. 😉

      July 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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