Staring at a Blank Page – Being Hit with Writer’s Block

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“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – Ernest Hemingway 

As many PR pros know, writing is a large component of our day-to-day work schedule. Between press releases, newspaper articles, and tweeting, communication is of great importance to our careers. With writing being so critical to the industry, many PR professionals use blogging platforms and online media to practice their prose.

One problem that many of us face is writer’s block. Whether you are pressed for time, or are hitting a wall for new ideas, the stress that comes with writer’s block can be overwhelming. So, how do we beat it?

Here are a few simple steps to help put your pen to paper:

  • Try to avoid last-minute writing – A lot of the times writer’s block can come from stress caused by time pressure. If you don’t gain inspiration quickly, and you can’t write under time constraints, try to write blog posts or articles beforehand.
  • Create a Pinboard – Whether you take the time to browse new pins on Pinterest, or you hang a cork board above your workspace, find inspiration from things around you that you love.
  • Write about something you love – When you are passionate about a topic, it will show in your writing. Most of the time you will find it easier to write about something that interests you.
  • Brainstorm with friends – Sometimes bouncing ideas off of friends can foster up a new set of articles. The best part about this option is how unique different perspectives are, and how you can incorporate this into your posts.
  • Take a break – For anything stressful, especially writer’s block, I always suggest taking a break. A walk through the park, hot yoga with a friend, or a quick latte in the café across the street can turn blank pages into novels.

In the end, have patience! The important thing to remember is that you must do something that makes you happy. As a fellow writer, my best writing comes when I am having fun.

- S.

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