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How to overcome writer’s or blogger’s block

September 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I’m the biggest critic of my own blog writing. Sometime I really struggle to put together blog posts. But, I also set the goal for myself that I would like to make at least 3 posts a week.

Lately I’ve tried a few “tricks” to overcome writer’s block. Although they don’t work all the time, they have really helped me to be more “prolific” in creating content. 🙂

Let me share with you my tricks.

  1. Use email to compose. When I reply emails, I write really fast. It seems that my thoughts just flow onto the computer. Lately, I start to compose blog posts using Microsoft Outlook. I just send an email to myself. There seems to be less writer’s block when I’m “pretending” to write an email to myself.
  2. Instead of typing the words, I use a voice recorder to record my thoughts. And use a voice recognition software to translate my thoughts onto words. I speak faster than I write, so it saves me time. Speech recognition software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking ; has matured over the years. They actually work quite well.
  3. Break a large writing project into small trunks, and write a few sentences when you get even a few minutes of spare time. When I’m working on long post or premium report, I sometime put a lot of pressure onto myself – I want to force myself to sit down for hours to complete an entire draft. But, it doesn’t work. What I’ve learned is that I work better if I break the project into a lot of smaller parts. When I get free time, I’ll write down a few sentences. It allows me to keep making progress without putting too much pressure on myself.

What tricks do you use to overcome writer’s or blogger’s block? I’d like to hear.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Freeman Ding // Sep 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Great! I will practise these methods later on. Thanks for sharing.

  • 2 Bing // Sep 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I wish you can write about “how to overcome writer's block due to incessant self-doubt” 🙂

  • 3 GeekMBA360 // Sep 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks.

    I have my shares of “incessant self-doubt”. 🙂 For me, the “cure” is “just do it” — don't think about it, just put something on paper or on computer. Keep writing. The self-doubt will magically disappear.

  • 4 Bing // Sep 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I wish you can write about “how to overcome writer's block due to incessant self-doubt” 🙂

  • 5 GeekMBA360 // Sep 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks.

    I have my shares of “incessant self-doubt”. 🙂 For me, the “cure” is “just do it” — don't think about it, just put something on paper or on computer. Keep writing. The self-doubt will magically disappear.

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