One thing I’ve found in this line of work is that when things are positive and ideas are flowing, it’s almost like there’s no stopping you. But sometimes when you go to the computer to write, you find yourself staring at a blank screen with no idea what to write about. Call it whatever you like, but trying to either write about something you know or getting ideas to research when the “well is dry” can be frustrating. I don’t know why it happens but I have some ideas to help you get started when you find yourself in this situation.
- Have an idea bank. I often find myself coming up with some great ideas when I’m doing other things. So I quickly jot down the key points or whatever the inspiration is. I also have a small voice recorder that I use when it’s not practical to write notes but if you have a smart phone, you could utilise the voice recorder app on that. Either way when you get an inspired idea, record it some how or will find yourself wandering “now what was that great idea I had “.
- Just start writing something, even if it’s on an unrelated topic. It gets the creative juices flowing and more often than not will lead to an idea that you can use. It also gets rid of that blank space in front of you, which, sometimes, can be all that it takes to get inspired.
- Occasionally we just seem to have a writers block and nothing seems to come to mind. Spending ten or more minutes having a browse at what others are writing about may lead to something you can use. Now I’m not saying you should go and copy someone else’s work, but just by looking at the topics others are covering may lead to an idea or you may have a different view of that topic. Usually you can find something to help motivate you to get the job done.
- What about all that PLR you’ve got sitting around your computer doing nothing. Seemed like a good idea at the time but you haven’t had an opportunity to use it yet. Well now is the time! Use that as inspiration or you can rewrite it putting your own spin on it.
- Your articles are for helping educate people who are interested in your niche, so they don’t have to win a literary award. We tend to be our own biggest critic and it can impact our creativity. Remember the last time you felt extremely positive? It may have been after a challenge or a time when had to push yourself to get something done. in these peak moments, we feel that anything is possible and our creativity flows. So lighten up, don’t be so hard on yourself and you may find that ideas start coming again.
So there’s a few tips to help, they have certainly helped me. Try to keep ahead of it and have some articles ready to go so that when you have those dry spells, you won’t get stressed and that is the biggest creativity killer.
Are there any favourite strategies that you use or have heard about?
Let me know down below.