Writer’s block happens to us all. You can be in the middle of writing a blog or email, and your mind goes completely blank. You know what you want to say, but you can’t figure out how to say it. Or, you simply don’t know what else to say. It’s frustrating and difficult, but here’s the good news … there are ways to help! Katie and Michaela share their tips and tricks.
Katie’s days are filled with brainstorming and writing. Being a communication specialist, writing takes up most of her day. Her various writing projects during the day include social media content, blogging, emails, website content and editorial calendars. Katie has occasionally experienced writer’s block, and she has techniques that help her through these stressful times. One of the main strategies she finds useful is leaving the project for the next day and working on a different one. When she has a block and can’t think of what to say or write, being able to take a break helps open up her mind. If the project can’t wait a day, she will open all of the resources she is using and simply type all of her ideas. She doesn’t worry about spelling or grammar and focuses on getting her ideas into writing. After she gets all of her thoughts out, she is able to fix formatting and check for grammatical errors. By visually seeing her thoughts, she is able to figure out what she wants to say and how she wants to write it.
Michaela, also a communication specialist, has similar days to Katie. When she gets to work, she checks her email, goes through her client’s Facebook pages and responds to comments, likes and shares. Then, she begins to work on her tasks for the day, ranging from writing social media content, website copy and anything else that is assigned.
She has experienced writer’s block now and then and has successful tips to overcome that funk. Michaela tries to take a break from her work to gather her thoughts and come up with new ideas. If the project recurs monthly, she will work on a different project for a creative break. Sometimes, working on other projects inspire her and provides ideas for the assignment she was drawing a blank on. If she still feels stuck, she will simply keep writing and refining her final product.