Here’s the situation. You have a blog post, eBook, article, etc. that you want to write about. Maybe you just thought of it, maybe it was assigned to you, or maybe it’s been a topic sitting on your “to be written about” list for ages. So you’ve sat down, you’re looking at that blank text entry field. And nothing happens. Maybe you type in a few words, maybe you just stare at the emptiness.
You are just not in the mood to write this content.
So you have a few choices here. You can try to force it out – sit and try to write about this topic. You can say to yourself that you’ll get back to it later and hope for that “creative spark” to ignite. Or you can move onto something else.
I would suggest the latter.
One Unwritten Idea Can Cause Writer’s Blog
I have been there. The top example of this phenomenon was when I had agreed to work on an eBook – not mine about blog promotion, but another one. I had the greatest idea in mind for it, but because it was for someone else, I was told I could only focus on a certain aspect of the topic, which essentially killed all of the awesomeness I had planned for it.
This led to a writer’s block that lasted months.
Fortunately I had a lot of guest posts in my inbox, so I just exhausted most of those. And after several months I was finally able to force myself to write that eBook. Once it was finally done, it was like blockage moved out of my creative system, and I was able to start writing again.
Then I had another case of this. I was going to write a post that was going to be awesome. For some reason, when I got to the writing stage, I just couldn’t do it for whatever reason. Every time I’d start to research the content, I would just end up stuck. I was determined to write this post. And that determination led to me not being able to write anything else for any of my other projects. That lasted for about a week.
But in this case, I decided not to let it stalemate me like the other eBook did and move onto stuff I wanted to write about. I picked some new topics, said to let go of the other post, and voila, my writing began again.
Just Let It Go
So that is they key point. If you can’t get going on a topic, then move on. Write about something else. If it’s something you were assigned to write, see if you can write something else instead. I would say to let them know that it is going to be delayed, but sometimes just knowing in the back of your mind that you’ll have to come back to that topic can create the same kind of blockage.
Having Multiple Interests
This is when it’s good to have lots of different interests, which in my case means having lots of different websites to work on. If I’m not in the mood to write about blogging or social media for this site, I can flip over to affiliate marketing topics, collecting infographics, finding pictures of puppies, editing photos, and working on a myriad of other interesting things that will eventually relax me back into writing again.
What Do You Do When You’re Not in the Mood
Now it’s your turn. What do you do when you’re stuck writing one piece of content – move on or keep fighting it? Has it ever led you into writer’s block? Share your tips on what you do in the comments below.