When You Don’t Know What to Write

Any kind of blogger, writer, or student faced with a term paper knows all too well what it feels like to have a staring contest with a blank screen. You know what I’m talking about, right? That white screen with the ever-taunting blinking cursor with nothing but a one-inch margin before it.

No matter how good or bad of a writer you are, you’re going to come across writer’s block at some point whether you like it or not. If you are writing for a blog or website, you could do what I’m doing right now: write about writer’s block.

The alternative to this, however, is probably a bit better: you could be a little more productive and try to break through that mental barrier before you end up falling asleep in front of the computer, hypnotized into a slumber by the repetitive blinking of that stupid cursor. Here are a few things that I’ve found to be particularly useful when my creative abilities are temporarily misplaced:

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Photo Credit: Againstar at freedigitalphotos.net
  • Just start writing – I know what you’re thinking: “How am I supposed to just start writing if my problem is the inability to write anything right now?” What you write down doesn’t have to be fancy. Don’t worry about spelling or *gasp* grammar. Just write whatever you are thinking, even if what you’re thinking is “I don’t know what to write.” What I’ve found is that by doing this I will end up writing a bunch of junk that’s been stuck in my head for a while, and the feeling of “de-cluttering” your thoughts can really help free your mind for more important things, like getting that blog post up on time.
  • Use a writing prompt – I know that some people don’t like to use a prompt when they write, but sometimes all it takes is a good writing prompt to get those creative juices flowing. You don’t even have to post the finished product if you don’t want to. Sometimes just getting yourself to write will help you start thinking of other ideas to write about.
  • Step away from the computer and go for a walk, listen to some music, or spend some time with friends for a few hours. Just get away from the pressure to write something right now and let your mind focus on other things. Maybe something you see or hear while you are away will give you that perfect idea you’ve been searching for.
  • Take a deep breath and stop being so hard on yourself – I know that the writer is his own worst critic, and sometimes it is that inner critic that keeps us from writing things that we’re afraid won’t go over so well. Instead of worrying about how many views a potential post may get, just write about what you’re passionate about. Your honesty will be obvious to your readers, and many will appreciate that much more than lukewarm writing that is safe and easy.

Comment Question: What are some things that you do to get over writer’s block? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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