Sunday, June 22, 2014

Writing-Hitting The Wall 

Writer’s Block 


1st--Preventive Medicine! 

*Do not post a blog everyday.  I made that mistake early.  You can write everyday, if that is your method.  But do not set this back breaking, pressure cooker task of always having a fresh blog out there.  I post a blog two or three times a week. 

*Find guest bloggers!  Whether it be a talented friend who has never blogged or a fellow blogger you meet in FB land, this can be a great back up system for you.  

*When you are in the creative mood, stop everything and write!  


2nd--Take lots of pictures.  

SNAP a picture: Any time you make a special recipe, do a craft project, see art in a broken glass in the rain,  a flying butterfly, have a party, or do anything unusual with the family like when you mix football and basketball at a reunion or make a paper airplane and have a contest to see who can fly it the longest.  If it’s a bit unusual, rare, a thing of beauty, artsy, etc, snap a picture!  You will find future blogs in these photos!

3rd--Gather old projects from the closet, attic or junk room!  

I used a poem I wrote in grade school in a blog and a song I wrote over 10 years ago!  It’s old to you, but new to us.  Although the project may be completed, it will be an exercise in mental activity and fun to tie it in with your blog’s general theme.  Not that all posts need to follow your blog’s general theme.  It’s nice to give the reader a little variety!


4th--Have a master list of things to add to a blog 

*All you need is a simple idea and then consult your master list to find enough to fill in and have a fun blog:  Add game.  Add puzzle (word search and others).  Add a skit or song.  Write a poem.  Add a recipe.  Have a word list (Shakespeare’s titles, famous TV shows, cereal brands) and make a story out of the word list.  Add a mysterious picture.  Add a Top Ten List.  Add a quiz.  Add fun facts.  Add inspirational quotes.  Use the word groovy.

**Example** If you had a food blog:  

*Add a game--Have your party guests play charades with the ingredients in your dinner recipe.  Explain the rules, play it at home and take pictures and add to your blog!

*Add puzzle--Have a healthy brain power recipe, perhaps something with fish in it.  Make a scramble (or jumble) puzzle from the list of ingredients needed for the recipe as an extra brain power boost for the reader!

*Add a song:  Change the words of “I've been working on the Railroad” to "I've been squeezing fresh orange juice”

*Write a poem: 
Ode To A Root Beer Float
Oh come to me Root Beer Float
Full of cream and fizz
Oh come to me Root Beer Float
Before I wake the kids

*Mysterious photo:  Butterfly.  
Blog subjects could be:
The Metamorphosis of Monday’s Mundane Meatloaf to …
Or 
“Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee Cream Cheese and Cayenne Pepper Dip Recipe"

*Add Top 10 List
Top 10 reasons to top it (anything) with Sour Cream!  10.  It’s the whip cream of casseroles.  9. It’s before Labor Day, so it’s fashionable!  8. It’s…..

*Add a quiz: 
If you are making cookies with M&M’s in them: Quiz??? What is your favorite color of M&M’s?  Make a list up of what each color of the M&M represents.  If your favorite color of M&M is blue, then you are a person who….


*Add fun facts:
Peanut Butter--The Fun Facts--
Peanut Butter can be used to take the gum out of your hair!  What nut first figure that out?  

*Add Inspirational Quotes -- For example - Quotes for a Making Egg Salad Blog --

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked. - Bernard Meltzer

What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to
throw an egg at an electric fan. - Oliver Herford


5.  Try writing something little every day, whether it’s for a current blog or not.  When you try something you haven’t done for a while, like throw or catch a ball, shoot pool, shoot a basket, at first you are bad, but the mind starts remembering the coordination needed. Then in little time, you are exponentially better. You can do it without thinking about it.  The same with writing.  The brain starts remembering the rhythm of your writing, vocabulary of past and new words you Thesaurus in.  In little time, you are a genius!

6.   When in the midst of Writer's Block: Put your blog you are stuck on somewhat out of your head.  I get 90% of my ideas in the shower.  Also, making posters for a blog jump starts the creative process. I am just thinking about the beauty and not the words themselves.  Also, sometimes I have ideas I want in, but can’t figure out the writing, it’s easier for me to put it in a poster with picture and fewer words.   I can cross that idea off the list as it’s in the blog now!  

7  The easiest thing to do is to write what you know about, and are passionate about.  

In Conclusion: 

Writer's Block--Writing A Blog Out of Nothing at All
Use your photos, past projects, your master list, your little, fun pieces you practice writing with, your friends (guest blog), fun motivational quotes, dust off an old poem or a family recipe, and recycle from old blogs! 

Find great inspirational quotes to add to your blog at our website:
Inspirational Quotes  <-Link.  One of many great pages you'll find on our site.

Well my groovy ones, I hope this helps you out!

Write-On!
-Poems & Quotes Finder
www.behappyzone.com
Thank you for your visit!



 

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72 comments:

  1. Great advice! Thanks for sharing

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  2. Good advice. I write full time professionally and I run two blogs so writers block is something that is the norm in my life.

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  3. I love this so much I bookmarked it! & I have to say that I do some of my best thinking in the shower too. :-)

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  4. Excellent post! Love it, thank you so much for sharing :)

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  5. great tips. i take so many pictures it's insane. and my brain is always on a to do list, i need to learn to slow down

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  6. Love the advice!! Thanks for the article.

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  7. These are good tips. I find for me that I can write 10 posts at once, sometimes more and then go for weeks and not have the motivation or drive to write anything. So, I just wait for the mood to strike, write until my heart and mind are clear and then schedule the posts so they stay evenly spaced out. At first that allowed me to have a post every single day. Right now life has kept me busy so I'm down to about 1 post per week. Either way, I've never felt stressed or pressured because I always have something stored up. :)

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  8. Love all these great ideas - I could definitely use some of them - if not all of them! Thank you!

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  9. Great posts for those of us who are or want to be writers. :D

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  10. These are all excellent ideas. I actually find that the more I write, the less problem I have with writier's block. If I carve out time to write daily (without the pressure to post something new, like you said) I have so many ideas! But I love your ideas for finding post ideas in unexpected places. :)

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  11. I have a little notebook that I carry around that I write ideas down in when they strike!

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  12. We hit walls all the time.. but we try and post daily to keep all the content fresh

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  13. Bookmarking this post! So much great advice. I agree that guest writers are very beneficial.

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  14. Got to hate when you hit that writer's block, great tips on avoiding it though.

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  15. Good advice, and so many great ideas to get you out of your writer's block!

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  16. amazing! I have a meeting tonight with a woman who is looking for advice about writing for bloggers and this is absolutely perfect inspiration for her (And for me too) I LOVE your ideas!!

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  17. Great advice--I'm always in a writer's block so I need ideas to get out of it!

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  18. Love these tips! I always have a master's list!

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  19. I am just coming out of writers block and shooting photos helped me a lot. Now if you could get the kids to be quiet so I could actually have a single thought I could be on a roll.

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  20. Great tips! I think having guest posts is a good idea. Nice for the readers to see a different style too!

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  21. I love these suggestions- they're great for bloggers. Sometimes I fall into the trap of feeling like I have to push out new content all of the time and it becomes a daunting task instead of something that I ENJOY doing so I have to step back and remind myself to take it slower. I also love the idea of accepting guest blog posts (something I need to work on :)).

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  22. Such great advice. I made the same mistake. Trying to write on the blog every single day.

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  23. Great points! I post about 3 or 4 times a week and that is about all I can handle. I don't put too much pressure on myself like I used too, because I just blog for fun and hope that people read by articles. If they dont, then they dont.

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  24. wonderful tips! I've made similar mistakes

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  25. Those are some great tips! I used to write everyday until I got burnt out. I take the weekends off now.

    Michelle F.

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  26. I do drop everything when I get my creative groove on. Ideas and words just seem to flow. BTW, you and I are the same ... I find taking lots of photos very helpful in developing a post.

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  27. These are all great tips. I truly agree with not posting every day- if that is your goal, and you break it, it is so hard to get back in the game!

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  28. Hey!! Nice tips.

    I do blog twice or thrice a day, I used to blog every day earlier but that was becoming a hard task and my writing fun started becoming a Must write task.

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  29. I've always snapped pics for everything anyway, so when I started blogging, no one even blinked an eye. ;) You're right though, there are blog posts to be found in some of those photos, and hurrah for it. :)

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  30. All great ideas to keep those creative juices flowing (and your readers interested). We've found that regular features (Thrift Treasure, Philanthropic Friday, etc.) helps when the writer's block sets in.

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  31. These are great tips. I get writer's block when I get stressed or overwhelmed, so these will be quite helpful.

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  32. I totally agree of not writing daily because it takes me 4 hours or more to even make one and it takes so much of my time. I also like to write when I am in the mood because I can come up with great content. Thanks for your great tips.

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  33. Great tips! I do most of these things already - my master list is so long that I have a good amount of blog ideas for quite awhile!

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  34. Writer's block isn't easy to over come, sometimes you need to take a break and go outside. It sometimes helps and refreshes your brain.

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  35. These are all awesome points. Thank you! I do feel the pressure to post all the time, so taking a break is really helpful and nice to put things in perspective.

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  36. Love the tips you provided in this post. And I agree....who was the person to try the peanut butter and gum combo lol.

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  37. Great advice. I find with my blog I don't feel like writing, I just get lazy. But with my book I actually have writers block so those exercises should come in handy

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  38. thanks for the tips I'm going through a rough time, pregnancy can be quite annoying and my brains doesn't work as it should =(

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  39. Very good advice! I love writing so I tend to write everyday but on days when I don't feel like it, I just let it go and don't beat myself up over it. I'm pinning this to my blogging board :)

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  40. Number 7 is the best tip ever! I find my best idea when I don't have to do any research. Which is why I love writing my food post. Because I end up writing about something that I love.

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  41. That first picture really describes me. I have tons of notebooks, post its, and scraps of paper around with notes and things that I am thinking about.

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  42. This is a great idea and an interesting tips, i don't writing daily because i only write when i'm in the mood to write. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip.

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  43. Great tips for when you get writers block. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Thanks for sharing great tips! I love taking photos, but I wish I had more time for that.

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  45. Great advice, thanks for sharing your ideas! I take a ton of pictures too! It really helps me remember things.

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  46. I really enjoyed this post. I never thought about blogging about a game or something. Also, write down every day= super important!

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  47. I totally agree will all your tips!! I also love doing them

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  48. This is definitely something to file away and bring out on a rainy day when those thoughts just won't seem to flow onto the keyboard. Thanks for sharing! I especially loved how you mixed in your own personal experiences to support their success.

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  49. I love your ideas - these are definitely great things to share on any blog! :)

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  50. Sometimes I pump out a lot of posts, other times I do it twice a week. I don't like to pressure myself too much or I'll get burned out.

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  51. Great ideas. I get writers block once in a while and I play with Legos to help get my thoughts moving!

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  52. I get writer's block quite often, and it is so frustrating. I do tend to jot my ideas down on my "notes" on my phone, which helps. I love your ideas though - awesome ones - thank you!

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  53. This is great info...Especially for a newbie blogger like me! I love your food ideas for dinner parties too! Thanks for sharing

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  54. Haha! I get a lot of my ideas in the shower too! Or when i'm driving. The two worst possible times since I can't just start writing my thoughts down :)

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  55. Great tips! I'm a new blogger and get writer's block a lot. These tips will really help me. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. I cannot IMAGINE writing every day! The one personal post, a Friday photo, and two work-related posts (usually one review and one review/giveaway) already keep me more than busy! I definitely practice a few of these methods, but there's plenty of other good ideas here! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Great advice, thanks for sharing this. I always have so many ideas for posting but unfortunately I have so much going on I can never get to it all on a daily basis which I guess is a good thing. =)

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  58. Great ideas!! I think it's very common for bloggers to have 'writer's block' but feel the pressure to constantly post... These tips are awesome and I'll definitely give them a try...

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  59. I haven't met writers block yet but those are really good ideas and tips for if it ever happens. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. I am bookmarking your page. I have some blah days with my writing. Always trying to find inspiration and when I do get those not so good days, I walk around the neighborhood with my camera, snapping away at anything and everything. Thanks for sharing this post. I loved it!

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  61. These are some really great tips. I bookmarked this page so I can come back and check out the ones that I don't already do again.

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  62. I love this. I am in full blogger overwhelmed mode and this is exactly what I needed to get organized. Thank you so much for posting this :)

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  63. I have a weekly schedule which always keeps me on track with having something to write about AND I have a ton of guest bloggers and regular contributors. You gave me a ton of other ideas too!! This is awesome!!

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  64. Definitely great advice , thank you! I'm relatively new to blogging so these tips will be of great help!

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  65. Truly great advice for a newbie blogger such as myself!

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  66. You always have the best ideas! Great blogging tips :)

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  67. Thanks for the tips. I can pass these tips to my daughter. I'm always stuck when she needs help on her writing homework.

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  68. These tips are so fun and true. I love the shower idea inspiration!

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  69. These ideas are all amazing, I have to try a bunch of them.

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  70. great advice. As a writer I agree. I get the block all the time and i just have to do what I do to get out of it.

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