Overcome writer’s block and write a successful text in 6 simple steps

writer's block

You are about to start writing an email, or your next social media post, or a blog article. You open a text editor, you put your hands over your keyboard and, all of a sudden you go blank. I’m sure you’ve experienced writer’s block quite often.

Don’t worry. Relax. Unfortunately, it happens to most of us. That’s why I would like to share with you few tips that that really help me overcome the blank page syndrome or writer’s block:

1. Acknowledge the writer’s block

The block is part of the process most of the time, so you must accept it in order to overcome it. Remember, what you resist, persist.

So you can say to yourself: “Ok, I’m blocked, I cannot write anything. It’s ok, it’s temporary, it will soon be over.”

2. Move your body and your ideas will move

It scientifically proven that when you set your body in motion, your ideas also start flowing. Why do you think you come up with so many ideas when you go for a walk?

The ancient Greek philosophers were fans of this technique. Aristotle, for example, was the first one to organise walking meetings to discuss big ideas. And he has left us such a rich legacy!

So get up, walk up and down the stairs, dance, do push ups, clean your desk, go for an errand, etc. Invest 5-10 minutes moving your body and you will save precious time from staring pointlessly at your computer screen.

3. Set your goal

Now that your mind is ready to start writing, the first thing you should do is to set the goal of your writing. This will be your compass throughout your writing:

  • What is the purpose of your text?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Who are you writing to?

You must be as specific as possible if you want to be effective. “I want to send an email to my colleagues to let them know about the new changes in the system,” is to vague. Try this instead:

“My purpose is to send an email to Pippa, Tiziana and Chrissy to let them know that from now on we have to input the data manually in the system and I want to make them aware that this might take them a few minutes longer than usual, so they are prepared.”

You can write this down on the top of the page. This will help you stay on track.

4. Write, write, write

Now is when the action begins.

  • Relax. Remove any distractions around you. Focus. And write.
  • Just write. Write whatever comes to your mind, ANYTHING. Allow the words to flow through you, experiment. It doesn’t matter if it’s gibberish. Just write and download all the ideas in your mind.
  • Don’t stop to edit or make sense of what you’re writing. You’ll do that later.

5. Edit to perfection

Once you have finished typing all your ideas, it’s time to take your time to edit.

Now it’s when you give shape to the text and make sense of all those ideas on your screen.

  • Rearrange paragraphs
  • Delete repetitions
  • Check grammar and spelling
  • Choose simple words and make sure it’s easy to read and understand. If a 10-year-old child or a grandma are unable to understand it, you should make some changes.

6. Revise it

You thought you were done? I’m sorry to disappoint you. Last but not least, you should always revise the last version of your text.

  • Read it aloud and see how it sounds (rhythm, missing words…). You might need to edit a few little things that you completely overlooked while editing.
  • Ask someone to read it and ask for feedback. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to look at your text from a different perspective.
  • Be honest with yourself and make sure you achieved the goal of your text (check step no.3).

I hope you find these tips helpful. Feel free to share your tips to face a blank page! 

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