I met a friend of mine last week at a Starbucks. I ordered hot chocolate — I’m not much of a coffee fan, never have been. My friend is a solopreneur and a fine writer. He said he’s had a difficult time coming up with ideas recently for his blog and asked if I had any suggestions for how to get past writer’s block.
I told him what works for me:
● Stepping away from the computer, turning off the iPhone, and getting out of the house. It doesn’t really matter what I do — going to the grocery store, getting a car wash, visiting the library and wandering the stacks.
● Changing my daily route. If I’ve been driving the same roads every day, I change it up. The corollary is to run or bike on a different route.
● Having coffee or lunch with a friend or relative.
● And the best method of all for me: reading books — non-business books are the best for me.
Why do these things work? I think it has something to do with lines penned by those poets from 38 Special (and I apologize if this gives you an earworm):
Just hold on loosely,
But don’t let go.
If you cling too tightly,
You’re gonna lose control.
When I relax, when I give my mind a little freedom, when I loosen my grip — I gain control. (Ben Crenshaw says the same thing about putting — loosen the grip to increase control.)
What Works For You?
How do you break through blogger’s block? Please share your ideas below.