Overcoming Writer's Block

Nov 27, 2022 21:29 · 399 words · 2 minutes read Blog productivity notes life-tips how-to

[CREDIT: @dickiebush posted this and this on twitter]

Writing consistently is difficult. Writer’s block is a situation where you want (or have) to write but simply can’t. One way to overcome writer’s block is by asking the right questions. To be able to “ask the right questions”, it is useful to first understand how we can classify the different types of writing:

  • How - Actionable
  • What - Analytical
  • Possibilities (yes, you can) - Aspirational
  • Why - Anthropological

The above classification will form the basis of some ideas in which you can act upon. I list them below (from this tweet):

  • Share the story of how you got interested in your favorite topic.
  • Share your personal story - where you used to be, where you are now, and how you got here.
  • Share the 1 piece of advice you would give to a beginner in your field.
  • Share the 1 most helpful book on your favorite topic.
  • Share the 1 Twitter thread (or any other thing on the internet) you’ve bookmarked and reread multiple times - and what you learned from it.
  • Share the 1 blog post that once you read, permanently changed the way you see the world.
  • Share the single most important lesson you’ve learned in your industry.
  • Share the single most valuable thing you learned from a mentor.
  • Share the single best piece of advice you’ve been given about a certain topic.
  • Share 1 underrated tip for solving a certain problem.
  • Share the 1 habit of all successful people have in your industry.
  • Share 3 topics you’re currently exploring and why they interest you.
  • Share the simplest way to overcome a common problem (in less time and with less stress).
  • Share 1 common trait of the people you look up to.
  • Share the 1 podcast everyone interested in your topic should listen to.
  • Share the 1 software tool/app I can’t live without.
  • Share 1 thing you believe that everyone else doesn’t - and why you are correct.
  • Share the 3 simple (but effective) pieces of advice you’d give someone in your industry.
  • Share 1 bad habit you broke in the last 12 months and why it was holding you back.
  • Share 1 common trait people who fail in your industry have - and how the reader can avoid it.
  • Share 1 thing you are currently working on.
  • Maintain an online journal of things you are comfortable sharing.