Writer's block? Believe me. I've been there.
In fact, I was there right before I wrote this message not too long ago. I knew what I wanted to write about (willingness) but the words would just come out.
It's what I call blank-paging. And it's frustrating!
When I find myself blank-paging, I have a few strategies that I call my block-busters that are pretty foolproof for me. So sorry willingness...you'll have to wait until next week because today I'm sharing how I get unstuck and back to writing.
And this is important because writing = content, and marketing is, essentially, 100% content. (Yes, it will always come back to marketing.)
Deadhead the flowers in my garden.
Or take a shower. Do a facial. Grab a coffee. Or take a walk. Meditate Floss my teeth. Find a not-writing distraction in a positive pursuit where you can think about something else for about 10 minutes or so. I'm telling you, it's in these moments of not-writing that the perfect idea pops into my head, like a little jelly bean.
Write down 20 things you did yesterday.
This comes from poet Billy Collins, the hilarious and deeply moving former poet laureate. Do this with a pen and paper and write down 20 things you did yesterday. It doesn't need to be chronological or even exciting, so if you bought 5 pairs of Spanx on HauteLook or clipped your fingernails or got your car washed, just write it down. The idea here is to get your brain ready for writing...by writing.
Write a letter.
I'll see you "Writing 20 Things You Did Yesterday" Billy Collins, and raise you to "Write a Letter." Same principle as the 20 things, only you really make someone's day. Or week. Or month. And that adds a whole new level of inspo.
Try these out and let me know how they work for you. Sometimes it's in the stepping away that we find the eureka moment. And also maybe a great deal on Spanx.
I'm rooting for you!