Want to Overcome Writer's Block? Focus Your Ideas.
It’s a real challenge to overcome writer’s block when your unwritten ideas accumulate until they feel like rock piles at your front door. You procrastinate on writing about your ideas, and they confront you at every turn—burdensome, chaotic, and begging for a voice.
If you’re anything like my client, *Lisa, you’re sitting on decades of stories and practical wisdom that you have yet to turn into content. Lisa is a business consultant who has worked in the coaching industry for thirty years. She has volumes of game-changing business hacks swirling around in her mind.
Together, clients like Lisa and I have worked with the following four tips to turn overwhelm into inspiration. These tips can help you overcome writer’s block and get focused on your most impactful ideas.
1. Approach your ideas with childlike curiosity to overcome writer’s block.
Face your rock pile of ideas like a child would face a mountain for the first time. Meet your ideas with wonder, as though their size and scope were pregnant with possibilities, and not merely burdens. Allow yourself to dream about where your ideas could lead your audience—and give yourself permission to feel good about the results you could create. Call in spiritual guidance to point your idea reverie in a direction that serves you.
Remember also to meet your ideas with childlike curiosity. Let your senses open to every nook and cranny. Come with the willingness to know and honor your ideas through daily meditation and journaling. As you meditate and/or journal, approach your ideas with the question: Why do these ideas serve my audience?
2. Write without expectations for what content you’ll create.
It’s true that any content going into your audience’s hands should have a sound business strategy behind it. However, your concern now is just to get your ideas onto the page—without expectations. This technique will allow you to put less pressure on yourself, which will reduce writer's block and increase productivity.
Go back to the previous question: Why do these ideas serve my audience? Write down both your ideas and their underlying value regularly. Notice the patterns in your writing; mark any repeated words or phrases that make the greatest emotional impact.
3. Stop thinking and stop stopping.
There is a place for thinking and pausing to edit your content. Yet, turning your piled-up ideas into content requires an attitude of abandon. Let your pen flow over the page like a five-year-old running through a field of flowers.
Give yourself half an hour to write freely on your ideas at least two to three times a week. Don’t stop. Don’t think. Just write. Consider enrolling in my free "How to Slay Writer's Block" course (above) for guidance on how to overcome writer’s block by leveraging a state of surrender and bringing a sense of priority to your ideas.
4. Find your content creation sounding board.
When you’ve spent at least a week exploring steps 1-3, see what words or phrases resonate the most with your desired message. Share them as potential content topics with a small group of trusted colleagues/clients who will serve as your sounding board. Make sure to give them a clear description of your target audience.
Then, notice what ideas land best with the group. Focus your ideas accordingly, paying special attention to how they align with your intention for writing. My blog on how to start strong in your content creation will show you ways to create a intention statement to develop a focus for your content.
Refine your ideas as needed until you have three to five key value points on which to base your content. Remember: The first goal is to simply get your ideas onto the page. Give yourself the permission, time, and space to write freely. Then, start prioritizing your ideas based on the value you want to give your audience. Once you have your priorities down, overcoming writer's block is much easier.
*I’ve changed identifying details to protect client confidentiality.