In this day and age, you don't need to be a full-time author to be writing content. With the rise of blogs and high-quality platforms like Medium, everyone is encouraged to write about their occupation, companies and their professional experiences. It's no different for people who are working in IT. We write to share knowledge and to communicate with other people —not necessarily to become an author. But since we are engaged in the act of writing, we are also susceptible to the notorious condition which is known as the "Writer's Block"".
It usually kicks in as a struggle with productivity, sometimes you find yourself juggling through a writing queue that is full of engaging topics but you can’t think of a single profound thing to say about them. And the more you search for motivation, the more temptation sucks you into the never ending black hole of social media, aimlessly browsing, online shopping, and gaming. How can you derive inspiration from these activities and turn them into an engaging, focused and sometimes a profitable end-product?
Start by analyzing your topic. Who is your target audience? Does this topic follow a platform, a purpose, or a particular direction? Can your current topic be intertwined, connected with or influenced by another completely different topic? For example, check out Google Trends for keywords and go from there. If your current subject is the culprit of your block, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and pull creativity from another subject matter. The key is finding a focal point that effectively links the two together.
Take advantage of your social media procrastination habits to gather inspiring facts, tidbits of information and popular trends. A shallow status update that you read can suddenly bring a spark and an undoubted amount of relativity to your writing. As long as you are tapping into real-time data, your inspirations will be meaningful and current.
Many writers are tempted to take a break from working in hopes that inspiration will just appear, but the honest truth is; that scenario is highly unlikely. Sometimes the most effective way to get over your block is to actually put forth the effort to heave yourself up and over.
What are some of your most effective tricks for overcoming a stump? Do you have any tried and true methods that tend to get the creative juices flowing? I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to tweet me with your most influential tips for maximizing productivity when you have minimal motivation.