We all need some help when we get writer’s block, I know I have!
Whether you are writing a blog, doing content marketing or being a marketer one of the most important skills you will need is knowing how to write and just as important knowing what to write.
Even those talented people who seem to never run out of ideas will find themselves with the dastardly writer’s block that can drive the most proficient writer into tears.
I know for myself when it comes to writing especially with a deadline, I get this sick feeling as I become even more anxious and frustrated.
Isn’t it the truth that the more negative the situation the harder it is to get anything done and so it is with writer’s block!
It’s kind of nice to know that having this malady is not a modern problem in fact some of the best pros in literature have been through the writer’s block and have found ways to get over it
“One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily.” ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Actually ideas are everywhere. It’s the paperwork, that is, sitting down and thinking them into a coherent story, trying to find just the right words, that can and usually does get to be labor.” ~Fred Saberhagen
“I think writer’s block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.” ~ Roy Blount, Jr.
My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline.” ~Mary Garden
When it comes to great advice, then look no further than any search for “writer’s block” or other phrases such as “how to get rid of writer’s block on Google, Bing or any other search engine and you will get some dang good ideas. To get you started here a few good posts to read:
The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them) via Charlie Jane Anders ( P.S. if nothing else take a look at some very cool pictures she has on her post..wow!)
How To Overcome Writer’s Block – 15 Tips via Adam Singer. I loved number 7 “Get some coffee”
27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block via Henneke Duistermaat. Ha ha, here is another person talking about “chug some caffeine”, the one that actually makes sense to me is to wash the dishes..go figure!
While you might be tempted to regurgitate what is already on the net or worse use one of those article PLR’s as a quick fix for the problem, the fact is not only are you not adding any real value to people, but it’s also a great way to lose your readers not to mention your credibility so please don’t go that route
So what do you do?
Believe it or not there are tools that will help with issue of finding that topic to write about that I would like you to try out:
1 Use a tool like Topsy to find out what people are asking about and get ideas for creating your own answers
2. Using Question and answer sites is full of such great information they will give you many ideas. Here are some that you should look into Yahoo answers Answers.com Quora
3.A great way to find content is using an amazing tool called BuzzSumo, which offers social insights for content marketing. A warning here..do not copy what a person has already done, but be guided by how popular certain topics and even headlines are being seen.
4.Social Crawlytics is a free service content tool and a great way to see the different titles that generate the most social engagement. You can achieve the goal of finding the types of topics people are really interested in.
5. How about a content idea generator? sounds good? Well Portent’s Content idea generator will be just right for you. You enter your keyword or keyword phrase and it will not just suggest a title, but it will even give you tips about how to imporve the content itself.
6. The Bog Topic Generator by Hubspot is worth looking at and help you come up with a weeks worth of custom topics for you.
7. There is a content idea generator made by the company Quandary. You have to register and answer some questions about your business and customers. Once answered, you will be given 360 content ideas to choose from. Like anything, not every idea will work, but is still useful in coming up with ideas.
While it may seem inevitable that the block will hit you one day, I hope that my ideas, thoughts and even tools will help you get over the deadly writer’s block and that you will be able to continue writing your awesome content… now all I have to do is figure out what to write for Monday – YIKES!