‘Writer’s block’ isn’t just a phrase, it’s a real thing! Every writer goes through phases of not knowing what to write, or even falling out of love with writing.
If this sounds familiar, then perhaps you need to take a bit of a break and focus on sharpening your skills to help you become a better writer, and find your passion for it once more.
Want to keep your writing sharp? Here are some tips to help you out.
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Write lists of ideas
Inspiration can come at random times, so when you’ve been struck by a good idea – write it down! Keeping lists of ideas can help you find things to write about the next time you’re having trouble thinking of topics, banishing that writer’s block. It also helps to browse some evergreen content ideas to give you some easy inspiration whenever you need it.
Reading can be a fantastic way of bringing the spark back into your writing. Not only can it help you find the things you enjoy reading, but the things that inspire you to want to write. Whether you read novels or articles, pay attention to the words and phrases that have resonated with you and write them down or bookmark them. Reading is a great way to find inspiration and can help make you a better writer too.
Refresh your skills
If you want to sharpen your writing skills, it’s time to go back to basics. Even if you think you know the principles of writing inside out, you can always learn something new or learn how to approach something in a different way. Check out No Bad English for some English lessons that could really help you give your writing a boost. Maybe you could even identify some areas where you’ve gone wrong over the years.
Write for fun
When writing is your job, you can start to lose the love for it. So why not switch off from your work writing to write for fun instead? Write about something you love or something you have an interest in, and just enjoy the process. What you write doesn’t have to be long, and it doesn’t have to go anywhere, but it can help you find some of the fun in writing again. Those fun ideas could help you begin a blog or even start writing the book you’ve always wanted to write. Stepping back to remember why you love writing can help you regain your enthusiasm and help you feel refreshed after a difficult spell. You could even try taking pen to paper instead of using a keyboard!
Keeping your writing sharp is an important part of being a professional writer. You need to be able to deliver quality pieces to your clients, and ensure your writing stays fresh and current. When it comes to marketing yourself as a freelancer, you want to put yourself forward as the best, and one of the ways you can do this is to keep your writing sharp. Enjoy developing your skills to make you a better writer for life.