How to get out of writer’s block
Look, I love writing and creating content. I love it. Especially when I have a brief. It’s so easy to just fill out colours between the lines. But life doesn’t always present you with a brief description of what you need to do. Often you need to brainstorm what you want to do yourself. And for the most part, it goes ok for me. Except when it comes to myself.
“Show don’t tell”, the saying goes, so how come that even though I write a lot of content, my webpage is empty? Well, in my process I got as far as setting up the layout before shutting myself down. For my “About Me” page, I would love to show you how great I am, and why you should hire me for your projects. But then existentialism hit me. Of course. I am a millennial, am I not? I wrote down the questions: “Who am I?” and “Who do I want to be?” and soul-crushing doubt set in.
So I decided to write myself out of it. “How does that work?”, I hear you say. Well, it’s quite simple. Sometimes when I don’t know what to write, I just start writing anyway, and words and sentences still come out of my fingers. Crazy, right?
In 80% of the cases when I hit a writer’s block, it’s because I am overthinking things. Because I feel that what I put out into the world MUST be perfect. From the get-go. But that’s honestly some BS right there. Of course, you won’t get everything right at the first shot. If you do you’re some kind of superhuman and I don’t know why you’re wasting time on my blog (but thank you!).
Editing is such an underestimated craft. It’s so underestimated that I completely forget that I love to do it. So if you’re stuck in a writer’s block, open a blank document and start writing – if you’re reading this, you’re already on your computer (or mobile device) so you might as well.
Start writing. Even if your copy begins with: “I don’t know what to write here…”
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