Blogging, like any creative pursuit, is heavily dependent on a good flow of inspiration. There are some days when I seem to be filled with good ideas. Other times, I find myself struggling to get even a single word out.
If you’re finding yourself the victim of writer’s block, or are suffering from an inspiration drought, here are a few things that I’ve found helpful that you might like to try.
Get out of the house
You can’t expect to write an exciting, intriguing blog if you never leave your desk. Inspiration rarely strikes during your eleventh straight hour of typing. When you’re feeling stuck, don’t force yourself to write. Instead, go for a walk, see a movie, grab a coffee with your bestie, go to the library, go rollerskating, do anything other than writing. Preferably, leave your house and get a change of scenery. Inspiration comes from life experience, from conversations, from crazy random happenstance. Give yourself a fighting chance by getting out in the world and letting life happen to you for a bit.
Keep a running list of ideas
I have a little notebook that I take everywhere with me. Whenever I get an idea for a blog post or a new writing project, I jot it down quick-smart. That way, when I’m having a day when I can’t think of anything to write about, I can whip out the list and find something awesome.
Take advantage of motivation when it strikes.
Sometimes, I’ll be hit with a burst of energy. I’ll just get into a mood where I have to write. If this happens to you, just go with it. Make the most of the times when you find yourself in that ‘writing headspace’ by allowing yourself to be free and creative when they occur. You can’t force inspiration, so take advantage of the times when it finds you.
Immerse yourself in culture
Sometimes, being exposed to creativity can spark creativity in you. Spending time at the art gallery or museum, reading new books, listening to music or even just reading the newspaper will allow your mind to fill with creativity and genius. You might come across a painting that gives you an idea for an outfit. Perhaps you’ll read about an issue which makes you feel passionate. Whatever the case, creativity begets creativity.
Talk to other bloggers
I always find it immensely helpful to get feedback from other people who do a similar thing to you. I have many friends who are also bloggers, and I always look forward to picking their brains for advice and comments. I try to regularly meet up with my blogger friends to discuss what we’ve been working on, what’s given us good results and what we’ve learned. It’s not about stealing other people’s ideas, it’s about sharing advice and thoughts. Connecting with other people in the same industry can be truly valuable, particularly for new bloggers.
How do you find inspiration when it’s being an elusive little B? Do you have any more tips and tricks to share?