You’re a writer who’s never had writer’s block before? You lie! Otherwise, what would you be doing reading articles talking about content writing exercises to perform when you’re in the midst of every writer’s personal crisis?
It’s no secret. Every writer’s had it. Some may have lasted for a short time; others’ stretched on for an unbearably long period. And in times like those, there were just instances when some of us felt utterly useless for not being able to come up with anything useful.
Writer’s block, regrettably, is a part of life, and it’s something we all have to go through as writers…
This article, along with many others, provides other helpful ideas that will help you overcome the horrible phenomenon that is “the block.” But the truth is, every writer has a different coping mechanism, and we deal with it uniquely and differently from others.
But nevertheless, consider these precious pieces of advice as another contribution into the pool of wide knowledge…
Personally, I find the following content writing exercises to be quite refreshing and beneficial.
Read Something Else
The amount of facts and supporting literature you find in the internet for the sake of your write-up is enough to make your eyes glaze over. Focus too much on one thing for an absurdly long time and you are undeniably bound to hit a figurative brick wall.
The digital marketing landscape is an interesting one, and you hardly have enough instances to wallow in boredom — thank goodness. But even something as interesting as how AI is revolutionizing the field of SEO can be, they tend to be overwhelming at times.
In trying circumstances like these, I like to stray off of the main path. I take detours, so to say.
I’ll read up on an article or something else I find on the internet that’s completely unrelated to the subject I’m writing about.
Your brain needs a break from the monotony you’ve unknowingly subjected your mind to…
Take some time to read works from top publications. Because not only do you deviate from your regular routine, you also get a feel of how the world’s greatest writers craft their pieces.
Do Some Free Writing
Otherwise known as consciousness writing, some writers attest to having this exercise work.
Just write about the topic at hand however…
The words would, undeniably, come out jumbled, and you have to expect that they won’t make much sense at all. The results of free writing will be a mess, and it might birth one of your sloppiest write-ups yet. But look at the bright side…
At least you have something to work with. And having words on a page is worlds better than staring blankly at a blinking cursor.
Ideally, and eventually, little snippets of ideas will begin to appear at the forefront of your mind, and you can slowly recover.
Write 100-Word Stories for Pictures You See
If you’ve blogged more than once, then you’ve surely come across sites hosting truck loads of free stock photos. And if you’re not a huge fan of writing gibberish that spills from your mind, then you can always turn to excellent visuals for help on getting your creative juices flowing again.
How would you define the essence of writing?
- It’s painting pictures with words, isn’t it? Writing is all about giving an idea a form, but except for visuals, they’re words.
- The brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text. And most times, you find yourself coming up with mental stories for things you’ve only seen, even before you decided to write about them.
- The exercise is as simple as choosing a picture, and writing a story about it…
- And for the writer currently experiencing writer’s block, the purpose of the exercise is to stimulate your brain into creating a string of words that would gift an image with a compelling story.
This helps immensely, especially if you’re really in to creative writing.
Edit Some of Your Previously Finished Works
You may be temporarily incapacitate to write, but you’re not below functioning capacity to edit. Revisit blog posts you previously published, or take one of your unpublished articles and tweak them a little bit. You can try rewriting bits and pieces of sentences or an entire paragraph.
This kind of exercise relieves you from the stress of too much writing, and lets you have the privilege of simply giving your previous write-ups a makeover.
Take A Break
But if you still find yourself struggling to get over that pesky wall, perhaps this is your brain telling you to step away from your keyboard and its slew of letters for a while. Cut yourself a bit of slack, and really truly take a break.
Of course, completely stepping away from your content calendar for a good while depends on your schedule. But keep in mind that the benefits that rest and relaxation can bring aren’t to be undermined.
Stressing over your writer’s block won’t help you one bit.
Engage in your favorite recreational activities to put your mind at ease. Put off the thought of writing for a while. And as you relax completely, you might even be surprised when the ideas just begin flooding into your head again — like a torrential flood.
Ask for Other People’s Ideas
Whether it was long-term or short-term writer’s block, it’s important to hand over your work to somebody else (your editor, a fellow writer, etc) to gauge your work objectively.
Second opinions and many heads work better than one. So, despite how trashy you perceive your own writing to be, don’t hesitate to get someone else’s opinion. Most likely, your write-up will come back to you with its fair share of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. But it helps improve the piece in the long-run, and you surely won’t regret it.
Review Your Content Strategy
Now that you’re feeling refreshed, or getting your bearings in writing again, it’s time recheck that content strategy
Yes, blogging for business needs a degree of creativity, humor, and fresh ideas. But keep in mind that you have personalities to consider, goals and performance indicators to track and measure. You also have CTAs to concoct, along with excellent taglines to create.
So, no, recovering from your writer’s block doesn’t entail an easy road ahead. Reacquaint yourself with the rhythm of that game, and check back on the content calendar.
Strategies to consider:
● Reconsider your target audience’s preferences so you avoid missing the bull’s eye.
● Realign your keyword strategy.
Final Thoughts on Content Writing Exercises
After yet another trying battle with the enemy that is writer’s block, remember that it’s ultimately all about defining your message, uncovering what’s important to your target audience, and getting your creative thinking into complete working order again.
When you’ve gradually recovered, you might want to take it slow. Concentrate on the bit of content marketing you have going at the moment, and be as concise as possible.
This will act as your starting point for fresh blog topics, headlines, and better long-tail keywords that hit a search engines’ sweet spots.
And even if these steps don’t work for you, don’t overthink it. Perhaps it’s just not what’s right for you. Because as we’ve mentioned earlier on, every writer has his or her own unique method of overcoming that infamous “block.”
So, feel free to do what works for you, keep notes on how you did it, and use it the next time “writer’s block” comes around the corner to impede your awesome progress.
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