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    6 Tips for Beating Writer's Block Fast

    Posted by Pat Owings

    Dominate Content Creation by Ditching Writer's Block

    Writer's block is a real problem that everyone experiences from time to time. A lack of creative energy can make writing business blog content much harder than it needs to be. Most businesses can't afford to lose the trust of their blog readers by taking a hiatus, so beating writer's block fast is a necessity. Here are our top 6 tips for getting your creative juices flowing: 

    1. Don't be Perfect

    Giving yourself permission to fail could be exactly what you need to start typing. Too often, business bloggers waste time staring at a blank document because they're afraid of writing something that isn't a masterpiece. Just start typing and don't worry about grammar, spelling or including the perfect number of statistics and quotations. You can always improve your work before publishing. Sometimes, just getting started without worrying about excellence is key to beating writer's block fast.

    2. Use Productivity Tools

    Sometimes, writing in sprints can be an effective way to get started. Keep yourself away from Facebook feeds or online games by downloading a productivity tools such as Focus Booster. The tool times periods of work and even alerts you when it's time to take a break. Commiting to a high-octane 25 minutes can help you beat writer's block fast.

    3. Ask for Input

    Consider starting a poll on your business blog or facebook page asking your readers to weigh in on what types of content they would like to see. You can poll topics or categories and ask for comments on things they want to know more about. A surge of confidence that your content matters can beat writer's block fast.

    4. Walk Away

    Sometimes the most effective way to deal with a situation isn't to keep swimming against the current. Give yourself permission to take a break from writing content and focus on other areas of your inbound marketing plan, such as keyword analysis or social media engagement. After a short break, you could feel inspired to beat writer's block fast. 

    5. Curate

    Content curation is increasingly valued by consumers who are swimming in information, so sometimes the best way to beat writer's block fast is to produce content that you didn't write at all. Start a weekly or bi-weekly tradition of reviewing the best blog contributions to your industry or embed a video on your business blog. Not every piece of content needs to be evergreen; news stories or memejacking can provide inspiration or a fresh surge of traffic. Surfing Pinterest and reading other industry blogs regularly can help you find exceptional content for curating.

    6. Find Your Groove

    There is a reason that artists have traditionally been regarded as eccentric. Sometimes the best environment for creating content might not be at a desk between the hours of 9-to-5. You may need the pressure of an impending deadline to produce, or you could need no pressure at all. When you find what works for you, sticking with it can be the best way to beat writer's block fast. Whether you write best with an extra-dry cappucino in the corner coffee shop or feel most inspired between the hours of 1am and 3am, remember that content creation is an inherently creative process and you should stick to what works. 

     

    The best business bloggers are goal-oriented and rely on resources to continually generate new ideas for content that matters to their market. In a world where the frequency of content increasingly matters to major search engines, small and medium-sized businesses just can't the cost of writer's block. Developing a list of strategies that work best for you can help you beat writer's block fast. 

    How do you beat writer's block? Learn more about what works for us by checking out the comments!

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    Topics: Inbound Marketing