Every writer gets it. A blank document staring back at you can seem daunting at times. Here is how I get through a dry spell of creativity.
When inspiration strikes
Grab it. On my desktop I have a word document entitled blog ideas. Whenever I get an idea, no matter how crazy it is or what the topic might be, I take note of it. Currently I have a surplus of unused blog topics and ideas ready and waiting for me. I also know bloggers who carry around a small notepad everywhere they go and jot down ideas whenever they come up. Not a bad idea at all. I’ve started doing this and highly recommend it.
When inspiration dies
Don’t force it. I’ve heard of bloggers who have a set time of day that they write. I appreciate the concept of getting into a routine of writing daily and at a certain time, however I know myself well enough to know that I won’t stick to it. It might work for others, but it just doesn’t work for me. Instead I make it a priority to make blogging a part of my life. I’ve accepted the fact that blogging is just something I do. I brush my teeth, I exercise, I eat 3 meals a day and I blog. I write at midnight and I write at lunchtime. I write when I’m traveling and when the weather is good and bad. The only time I don’t write is when I don’t want to.
When the force is with you
Use it. I’m sure it’s happened to you. A time when for some reason or another and out of nowhere you’ve gained an almost unnatural surge of creativity. You’re in the zone. Words and ideas flow and come out just how you want them to. When this happens, embrace it. Write 3 blog posts in one sitting. Write, write, and then write some more.
When writers block hits
Welcome it. Go for a walk. Spend time with your family. Watch a movie. Live your life. If you’ve taken advantage of the creative high points then it makes it that much easier to get through the low points.