How to Break Free Of Your Writer's Block
Selecting the perfect photo for your Instagram grid and designing your blog graphics is hard enough already.
It gets even more difficult when you struggle with what to say. I get it. I even struggle with writing captions for our Get Found Stock Instagram feed from time to time.
Sometimes the words come pouring out so fast that creating multiple pieces of content feels easy. Other times I can’t come up with anything, even if my job depended on it (oh wait, it kind of does…).
You don’t have to feel guilty about being in the middle of writer’s block. We’ve all been there! Instead of letting it stress you out, I have a few tips to help you pull yourself out of a bad season of writer’s block.
Keep a master document of content ideas
Keep a master document of content ideas
Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like your creative well is running a little dry lately. It happens to best of us! It won’t be the first (or last) time you will struggle to come up with something to post, so we recommend keeping a master list of ideas.
Sometimes inspiration strikes all at once and other days it won’t come no matter how much you want it to. When you do have inspiration, update your list with dozens of ideas so you can pull from the list on weeks where you don’t know to create content on.
If you find yourself struggling to come up with content topics, no sweat! Over at Get Found Stock, we give our members a monthly editorial calendar with 30+ content prompts so you don’t have to worry about what and when to post. It’s all done for you!
Take a mini break from content creation
If your content strategy or creation process feels overwhelming, this is your permission slip to take a small break from needing to have it all figured out. When we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to have all the answers, it can bring stress and anxiety to our lives.
Your best content will be created after you’ve had time to reflect and craft each social media caption, blog post, or email. Slow and steady wins this race. It’s the only way you’ll be able to consistently create content.
Here are a few things you can do during your break:
Turn off your phone notifications! Being disconnected from the outside world for a little while will serve you well.
Do something active! Try something you’ve always wanted to do, like paddleboarding, hot yoga, or hike a new trail.
Trade TV streaming for a good book! Time away from tech will help you use your imagination in a totally different way. Our favorite reads lately are You are a Badass with Money and Big Magic.
Explore your neighborhood! You never know what you can find in your own backyard. It might even inspire your next content idea.
Utilize time blocking and batching
Batching my content has completely changed my business! Batching means creating content all in one time block rather than spreading it out among other tasks. It helps you stay focused on the task at hand so you can cross it off your to-do list sooner.
Instead of writing one blog post every week and hoping inspiration comes, I write all of my weekly content in the first week of every month. Then I create the blog post graphics in a similar time block. It creates the perfect internal workflow. You can do the same!
Start by choosing one of your content marketing platforms (like Instagram, Facebook, your blog, email list, YouTube, etc.) and write a list of ALL the steps that go into creating a single piece of content from start to finish.
Here’s an example for Instagram:
Editing the photo (with apps like A Color Story)
Writing your caption (our editorial calendar can help!)
Uploading content and planning your grid (we recommend using Planoly)
Scheduling your content (you can use Planoly or Later)
Choosing your hashtags (our founder’s free 500+ hashtag guide to help you get started!)
Now that you have all of your own steps written, you can create a plan to create your content in batches. We do this together inside the Get Found Stock community every month since it’s fun to make an event out of it! Learn more about it here.
How do you plan to combat your writer’s block this week? Do you have tips that are tried and true for you? Share your story with me in the comment section below.