It happens to the best of writers. Bloggers too.
Some call it “writer’s block,” but I think the term block is misleading.
Nothing’s really blocked at all. It’s not a mental block. Or an intellectual block. Or even an emotional block.
Writing is a process. And the process isn’t linear. It’s circuitous. In other words, writers are always somewhere on this circle of the three writing stages: Pre-Writing, Writing, and Re-Writing.
Sometimes, we’re simply at the beginning of the process. We’re in the Pre-Writing Stage. We’re still formulating our ideas that we want to write about.
We can’t always be in the middle of the process, writing our words (which is the initial drafting stage). And we can’t always be at the end of the process, re-writing our words (which is the revising and editing stage).
So if you happen to find yourself in the Pre-Writing Stage and you’re anxious to get to the Writing Stage, give yourself permission to linger awhile. And if you need some ideas to kick-start the Writing Stage, here are three strategies to get you writing again:
1. Tell a Story
- Recall a trip you went on and write about it.
- Write about an experience from your childhood.
- Look through old photographs. Pick one and write about it.
- Before going to bed at night, write about one circumstance that happened during the day.
- Make a list of special moments. Like moving to a new town. Taking a new job. Meeting a new friend. Then write about it.
2. Join a Conversation
- Read a book or an article. Then write a review.
- Pick a topic that interests you. Learn what others have to say about that topic. Then write a response.
- Find a blog that hosts a linkup party. Many linkups give writing prompts. Join the blog party.
3. Answer a Question
- Is there something you’re interested in learning? Make a list of questions you have about that topic. Then do the research and write about your findings.
- What are you an expert at? Create a list of questions that others might want answered. Then craft a response to those questions.
What strategies have you found helpful to get you writing again?