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6 Writing Wellsprings for When Your Brain Hits Blank

by Team Caffeine · 4 comments

Writers Block

For bloggers and writers, there are few feelings worse than sitting in front of a blank screen, wondering what to write about.

Writers’ block is nothing new. All writers face it at some point in their lives. Some writers have even given up their careers for it. Others wait it out, taking years to write a short novel.

Bloggers and content creators have no such luxury.

We live in a fast-paced world, where readers expect new content week after week.

What can you do once the well of ideas runs dry?

Dig a little deeper. There’s water down there, my friend. You’ve just got to keep digging until you hit it.

1. Freewrite

The easiest way to get writing is to just start writing. Take whatever words are spinning around your mind, and put them onto paper. Sure you may end up typing “I don’t know what to write about” ten times in a row, but in the end your brain well get bored of that, and something new will emerge. Chances are, you’ll freewrite something that can be transformed into a blog post. You may even come up with a flood of ideas.

2. Reader Comments

The comments on your blog are an excellent clue for what your readers want you to write about. Pay particular attention to comments asking questions (you can answer the question in a blog post) or comments you think are wrong (you can write a post to explain why they’re wrong). Even positive comments like “Great post, thanks!” are an indicator that your readers want more posts on a similar topic, or that they’d like you to explore the subject in more depth.

3. What Makes You Angry?

What do you get annoyed about? What provokes strong feelings in you? If there are aspects of your working life that you find annoying, that can be a great spark to get your writing.

What you write when you’re angry should never be your final blog post. Wait until you’ve calmed down so you can edit your post with a clear head. But anger can be an excellent trigger to get your fingers moving on the keyboard.

4.Check Out Quotes

Think of a topic you’d like to write about. Then do a Google search for that topic, followed by quotes. For example, I might search for “writers’ block quotes”. This will give me a ton of sounding boards to get me started.

Oh, and here’s a cool quote on Writer’s Block:

“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all”
― Charles Bukowski,

5. Ask Your Audience

Get out there and talk to people! It’s called social media for a reason. Your loyal followers know you well, and they’ll want to help when you’re stuck. Ask them what they’d like you to write about, or what they need help with. If you don’t want to expose yourself by asking outright, then do a Twitter search and look for questions people have about your niche.

6. What do you want to learn about?

The best way to learn something new is to write about it. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to know more about, but have never had time, now is your perfect chance! Writing a blog post on the topic might only dip your toe in the water, but it’s an ideal way to get started.

Over to You

What tips and tricks do you use to overcome writers’ block?

Lori R Taylor is the founder and executive editor of Social Caffeine. In 2009 she started her own direct response focused social media agency, REV Media Marketing LLC, coining the phrase given by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” Follow Lori on Twitter.

David is our acting editor. He’s British, but we don’t hold that against him.

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Lisa Buben November 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Lori, I use the things I want to learn about, usually asked by readers or tweeters. I also use quotes to frame a post around too. I haven’t done the angry thing – maybe I don’t get angry often…I also get ideas when I go for a walk. Those are usually the best, the ones that come to me 🙂

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David Masters November 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

Great idea on the quotes! Where do you pick up quotes from?

I also like walking, it’s a good way to clear my mind.

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Tiana Kai November 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

Agree with number 6! When I’m sorting my way through something I want to learn more about that’s when I document it and try to turn it into a helpful post. Great tips!

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David Masters November 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

Writing is one of the best ways to learn new stuff, right?

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