“Ryan, it takes me HOURS to write a 1,000 word blog post.”
“RB, I felt excited to write this blog post but 15 hours later I am disgusted and ready to throw in the towel.”
I regularly receive emails from my readers bemoaning their WBW: Writer’s Block Woes. People want to know more than anything how to beat writer’s block.
Hey, I have been there.
8 years ago I could not complete a 300 word blog post in one sitting. Tears would sometimes stream down my face as frustration set in and my brain seemed to freeze and seize. Almost like attempting to start a car on a bitterly cold, brutal morning. The engine strains to turn over but no dice.
Fast forward 8 years. I have written and self-published 123 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Each eBook length spans 7,000 to 15,000 words. I have written and published over 5000 blog posts during my online career. Although I affix some of my prolific nature to Voodoo dolls, tossing salt over my shoulders and Balinese Black Magic (which I learned during my year spent in Bali), good old fashioned, sometimes maddening but always rewarding inner work helped me go from Writer’s Block Victim to Prolific Blogger in Paradise.
Benefits of Making Writer’s Block Disappear
You’ll establish blogging peace of mind.
You’ll increase your blogging traffic and income.
You may just build a full time income generating blog if you can beat writer’s block into a bloody pulp.
Let’s put it this way: does it *ever* hurt to have an abundance of creative, profitable blog post ideas knocking on your mind’s door? Does it hurt your blog to have a flood of prospering ideas screaming to get inside of your noggin? No way.
I once went through a stretch where I wrote and self-published 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row.
Imagine writing and publishing a 7,000 to 15,000 word blog post *every* day for 3 months straight?
This is the type of stuff you can achieve if you erase the idea of writer’s block from your mind.
If You Are Fed Up
If you are absolutely disgusted with suffering through writer’s block use these tips to become a prolific blogging dynamo.
1: Take a Deep Breath
Take 1 deep, relaxed, full breath. Right now.
Doesn’t that feel better?
Writer’s block is an idea, a concept, that you cling to. Fighting the idea leads to frustration, missed deadlines, anger and an assortment of nasty feelings and outcomes. Taking a full, deep breath brings you and your mind into the present moment, which makes you fully aware of the writer’s block feeling/idea/concept in your mind.
When you become fully aware of the feeling you will stop fighting the feeling and more than that, you’ll release it.
When you’re not in the moment you fight your thoughts and feelings. Almost like banging your head against a wall again, and again, and again. Breathing deeply to become fully aware of the feeling is like stepping away from the wall. You cease to consciously abuse yourself, becoming fully non-resistant to your feelings.
After you have breathed deeply and released the frustrated feelings associated with writer’s block you can ponder a few actionable, helpful solutions.
2: Ask this Sometimes Painful Question
Do you have fun blogging about your niche?
Ideas seemed as scarce as rain in the Middle Eastern desert during my old blogging days. I didn’t feel passionate about my niche. Blogging felt like drudgery. Work. I rarely had fun writing blog posts. Naturally, this strained, forced, low energy vibe literally blocked fun, profitable ideas from finding my mind.
Writer’s block dissolved into my passion but only after I decided to blog about 2 enjoyable topics (for me): blogging and traveling. I’ve circled the globe for nearly 5 years straight. I have a barrel of monkeys when blogging. So I trashed my old blog, mixed the 2 niches and Blogging from Paradise was born.
Blog your passions. Blog for fun. Fun-loving, passionate energy dissolves any foggy notion of writer’s block. If you can talk about a topic all day long just start blogging about that topic all day long. Writer’s block will make a hasty retreat from your mind.
3: Scour Your Niche for Rentable Ideas
Rent ideas from successful, relevant bloggers.
Example: I may read a fascinating post on Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger. So I rent it. Meaning I tackle the topic from my perspective. I solve the problem in my authentic voice but more importantly, with a freshly-written, genuine, Blogging from Paradise centered approach to the subject of discussion.
After I write and publish the post I remember that I rented the idea. Here’s the kicker: if Darren helped to inspire me through his idea I need to mention him through my blog. This is good karma. This is the rent. This is the payment. He did me a solid by sparking this idea in my mind so I’ll rent the idea by giving him space on my blog.
You are surrounded by actionable ideas if you’ll just do a little bit of legwork. Get off of your cyber fanny. See what niche big dawgs are blogging about. Tackle the topic from a different point of view. Devise similar or new solutions. Give bloggers credit, paying your rent by referring your readers to their article.
4: Read…..Read…..Read….and Read Some More
I am reading “Life of Pi” now.
I wrapped up a John Grisham novel yesterday.
I read voraciously. Reading voraciously exposes me to creative, prolific authors. These dynamos may just inspire you to leave writer’s block behind for good.
Example; reading a colorful novel forces me to obliterate the idea of writer’s block because if George R.R. Martin can write a 700 page, epic, brilliantly engineered novel I can at leas churn out a 3,000 word blog post. I challenge my limiting beliefs based on the limits that the best authors challenge. If they can do something other worldly I can at least do something on a much lesser, but still impressive, scale.
Sometimes we need to see someone has done something epic for us to baby step through our limiting beliefs.
Read extensively. Cover a wide range of genres. Read fiction and non-fiction. Expose yourself to different styles of writing. Dissect best sellers. What makes these books great? I recently read the brilliantly-written novel “A Panther in the Sky” twice. Once to enjoy the story and twice to analyze why this book was so stupendous. Reading and re-reading a 700 page book was well worth it; I’ve been writing and publishing a 2,000 to 3,000 word blog post every other day on Blogging from Paradise for the past few weeks, riding the inspired wave of picking apart this classic work of historical fiction.
5: Get Rid of These People
I am compassionate. Sometimes.
I am empathetic. Sometimes.
But my mind is my little baby, my precious gift, or as Napoleon Hill called it, my spiritual estate.
I protect my mind with pitbull-like tenacity.
I guard my mind like they guard Brinks trucks here in Costa Rica.
A few hours ago I spotted a Brinks truck outside of the bank where I use the ATM. I was allowed in through a separate door by 2 armed guards. These guards typically pack semi-automatic machine guns or shotguns. Petty theft is rampant in some corners of the country and the odd heist puts folks on guard.
I guard my mind in a similar manner. Because if I let a struggling blogger infect my mind with their complaints about having writer’s block their low energy, limiting, blog post killing belief may have an adverse effect on me and my blog.
I don’t associate with such folks. I only hang with top bloggers.
Surround yourself with the crème de la blogging crème. Release the struggling, writer’s block stricken bloggers who will do their best to infect your noodle with their mental block.
Take a deep breath.
Ask a question to dig for the truth.
Read like a demon.
Release writer’s block stricken bloggers.
Become a creative, prolific dynamo.
Do you suffer from writer’s block?
Have you defeated this insidious blogging disease?
What tips can you add to this list?