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Struggle With Finding Time or Lack Inspiration to Write?

Do you suffer from writers block some days? Finding time to write or blog can be tough. To tell you the truth, I suffer from writer’s block too sometimes. If you write a blog you want to put out good content otherwise readers won’t come back. If you are writing a book, you are your own worst critic, writing and rewriting constantly.

Whatever your frequency is for writing, it can be tough to come up with new content and find time to write.

I find that creating a schedule and sticking to it, helps. I write all of my blogs on Sundays for the week. But before I got on this schedule I was writing my blogs daily and writing them at night during the week, but that just wasn’t panning out for me. Too much to do and at the end of the day I want to relax, not hunker down and churn out 500+ words.

Here are a few tips on finding the time to write:

  1. Set a schedule and try to stick to it. Whether it’s a few hours on a Sunday, or a half hour every night after dinner. Find a time that works best for you.
  2. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you fall off the wagon (on keeping with your schedule). Life happens and at the end of the day, it’s just a blog.
  3. Free your mind. (and the rest will follow… En Vogue anyone?) If you stress about it, you wind up wasting the time and being unproductive.
  4. Tackle small chunks. Break your writing down into small chunks and tackle one by one. No one said you have to sit down and crank it all out in one sitting.

Here are a few tips that might help with finding inspiration for new content.

  1. Content Curators. Go to sites that curate content like Alltop and see what other people are writing about and try to come at it from a different angle. If you find another blogger’s content inspiring, be sure to link back to them when writing your blog post. They’ll appreciate it and might start reading your blogs in return or at least promote your blog that mentions them.
  2. Read. Look for inspiration in what you read on other social networks like LinkedIn Today, StumbleUpon or Delicious. When I am struggling to find something to write about I usually look on other social networks to see what people are talking about to get some ideas. See what’s trending.
  3. Share an infographic – people love them. Be sure to give credit back to whomever created the infographic.
  4. A picture is worth a thousand words (or not).For those that blog on Tumblr, take a picture and blog about it. It doesn’t have to be a novella, it can be just a few thoughts.
  5. Create drafts of ideas. Sometimes when I am on a tear writing blog after blog, I have all of these ideas that pop into my head but I may not have the time to write them. So I create posts and save them as drafts so that I have them for future.
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About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.