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For when you don’t know what to write

One of the challenges we face as bloggers is writer’s block. Not knowing what to write about. There are several steps to help you overcome your block and get you merrily writing away.

1. Build an editorial calendar. Using an editorial calendar will help you plan and know what you are writing when. You can use Google calendar, or a WordPress plugin that will build you an editorial calendar.

2. The next thing is to consider if you want to create or participate in a weekly meme. A meme is a blog prompt that is suggested by a large number of bloggers who then participate. For instance, Wordless Wednesday is a popular one, whereby instead of posting words, you actually post 1 or more pictures for your post.

There are many different memes out there, and while they are not for everyone, check out this list over at Mama Dweeb to see if one or more interest you.  If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed that I participated in Top Ten Tuesday many weeks. Participating in a weekly meme will give you a topic one day a week.

Finding Post Ideas

3. As far as coming up with topics for posts, list out your categories one at a time on the top of a piece of paper. Then without editing your thinking, for each category, think of as many ideas as you can that would fall under that category. Your goal should be to come up with at least 20 ideas for each category. If you have 6 categories, that is 120 post ideas that you now have!

4. If you are struggling with some of the categories, sit and think about examples and experiences that you would like to share that correspond with a category.

You may also want to look over your categories and see if one or more have been neglected lately. Focus on those categories, or you may want to reconsider them if it is something you rarely write about.

5. Depending on your niche, you could peruse magazines, in print or online, use Google search, or my latest favorite, Pinterest. When your creative well has run dry, spending some time surfing and browsing can spark ideas in you.

6. Consider prewriting posts while you have ideas still fresh in your mind, and schedule them further out, rather than waiting to write when you need something to post. Enter these written posts into your editorial calendar. Then look at the other post ideas you have and plug some of those in your calendar as well. Planning and writing ahead is much better if your schedule tends to be a little hectic. That way you know that you have things scheduled and written.

7. Figure out how you write best. Do you write best one post at a time, daily? Or do you like to sit and write several at a time? Whatever you prefer, learn to use this to your advantage and plan those work times into your schedule.

 Do you plan your writing, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?


3 comments to For when you don’t know what to write

  • Bernice

    Came across this post over at Chris Brogan’s, thought I would share! http://www.copyblogger.com/brainstorm-blog-topics/

  • I’ve tried the editorial calendar before (’cause that’s how I worked when I was in the magazine industry), but it hasn’t worked for me with blogging. I have, however, found out that your number six tip is a must. I just open up my blogging program and if I don’t have time to write the complete post I put key ideas, notes and even pictures in there so when I’m stuck everything is ready to go.

    Great tips!

  • I fly by the seat of my pants for the most part. I find that I write best when I feel excited or passionate about what I’m writing about and that doesn’t happen if it’s scheduled.