what is writer’s block?

what is writer’s block?

reader comments (19)

  1. thank you so much stephanie for this post. one of the best ways i have used to actually cure writers block is starting with the headline first. it gets my creative juices rolling and gives me a vision of what i want the post to look like.

  2. oh i struggle with this some days trying to write content for others’ articles on real estate related topics. i just try to write what i know as concisely as possible or try to relate the topic to a prior experience i had and i can usually take off from there.

  3. turn the title into a question: brilliant suggestion. i immediately applied it to the text i am stuck with, and it works wonders… 🙂 thanks, stefanie!

    • great post, new to blogging so find i get stuck quite frequently.

      it’s always wanting to have the perfect piece.

      for me taking the dog out for a walk just clears the fog and gets the creative juices flowing!

  4. thanks for the very informative blog post. personally i am trying to write as much as possible. i started with trying to write one blog post a day mon-fri but mostly i manage to write on average 3 posts per week.

  5. i saw a youtube video by author jerry jenkins. he said, “writers are the only ones who use being blocked as an excuse for not working. try calling your boss and telling them you are not coming in because you feel blocked.”

    entering into the hypnagogic state helps the most after coffee when my mind is blank.
    r.g ramey

  6. thanks stefanie, aiming for perfection is certainly a trap i fall into often. re-writing content seems to be the only thing i do sometimes.

  7. great points, stefanie. i love your idea that “spectacular content doesn’t always start out that way.” so true, and the drive for perfection in writing is often what stops me from getting started in the first place.

    my best writing (articles, e-books, whitepapers) has always come when i just sit down, create an outline, and write… and give myself permission to make mistakes that will be fixed when i revise & edit later.

  8. thank you so much, stephanie, for this post. one of the best ways i have used to actually cure writer’s block is starting with the headline first. it gets my creative juices rolling and gives me a vision of what i want the post to look like.

  9. thanks for this great post! sometimes i’m on a roll and know exactly what to do and what to write however sometimes i find it so hard and have writers block so thanks for this x

  10. ugh i can relate to so many of the thoughts in this. it’s helped me so much to think of writer’s block as part of being a writer and something that comes with the territory instead of like a failing. thanks for the great read!

  11. stephanie, thank you so much for your article. starting with the headline is one of the most effective techniques i’ve found to overcome writer’s block. it gets my creative juices flowing and provides me a vision of how the post should appear.

  12. love the techniques stefanie! as someone who writes for a travel and game blog, i get this from time to time. the fatigue and repetitiveness are causing my mental dryness sometimes. it’s nice to have your approach to turning things into questions.

  13. thanks for the great tips! i had always thought about writer’s block as something to push through rather than embrace, so thanks for this.

  14. thank you for the tips, stefanie! i especially like the second step – reframing the headline into a question gives new perspectives which is great for for finding the specific angle for a post. i’ll definitely test it with my current writing project.

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