If you’ve been writing for some time now, you have undoubtedly come across the all-too popular concept known as Writer’s Block.
And in case you haven’t, the long and short of it is this:
1. You try to write an article or blog post.
2. You get stuck trying to figure out what to write about.
Obviously, that’s an oversimplified version, but for the purpose of this blog post, that’s the one we’ll use.
So you’re stuck trying to figure out what your topic should be.
You take a bathroom break and come back.
You take a snack break, thinking maybe a bit of glucose will set those words free.
But still, nothing.
So you go out to have some fun. You figure maybe some alcohol, and crazy dancing will do the trick.
And sometimes it works.
However I cannot guarantee that whatever you write, while you’re… ahem.. inebriated, will make sense when you sober up… just like a lot of other decisions you may have made.
Now, you’re reading this thinking:
“Okay, Tomi, Mr. 500Naira Writer, what do I do then?”
Now, I can’t tell you what works for everybody, but I can tell you what I do.
And it’s a process that’s so simple you’d be wondering why you didn’t think of it before.
Or if it actually works.
Well, it does. Otherwise you won’t be reading this post right now.
I haven’t really been a fan of having a whole 6-step process, so my process involves
two three steps.
And it might seem too stupid to work.
But I can personally guarantee you that if you do these 3 things, you’ll never run out of what to write about.
I. Read A LOT
Your teachers kept telling you to read, to study. But nahhh you weren’t interested.
Then you started a blog in a certain niche and can’t come up with article topics…
… and you’re surprised??
It is a known fact that you literally and figuratively can not give what you don’t have.
If you’re not knowledgeable in your niche, all you can tell anybody about it would be… well… nothing.
Or horse piss if you tried really hard.
If you want to create content that gets read, shared, and commented on, you need to be an expert in your niche.
I know I said simple and right now you’re thinking ….“uhh become an expert? That’s not simple”
Well you’re right, and also wrong.
Because you don’t have to become an expert to be an expert.
Let me explain.
All you need to do is be perceived as an expert to be an expert.
This means you need to do your own research before you write.
You need to read (especially if you don’t have much experience in that field)A LOT. Study. Read. Assimilate.
Then place fingers on your keyboard and trust me, you’ll discover a well spring of post ideas that you won’t be able to figure out which to write first.
Stephen King, an amazing bestselling horror novelist, once said:
“If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
Steve. I concur.
Read. Read. Read.
II. DO A LOT
I love that Casey Neistat tattoo that says:
Here’s the thing. You can read all you want, but there are certain things that can’t be learnt by reading.
There are certain angles that cannot be seen through the eyes of just an average observer.
Some things must be experienced to be clearly explained.
And you’ll only ever figure them out by doing… A LOT.
If you write a cooking blog, but don’t actually cook, all the research in the world is not going to tell you what quantity of salt is just right.
You just won’t be able to figure it out till you do it… repeatedly.
Aristotle once said:
“You are what you repeatedly do.”
If you repeatedly cook, you get better at it and you can call yourself a cook.
This ties back in to the “be an expert” thing.
When you then decide to write about cooking, you will find that you have a lot to talk about. So blog topics won’t be a problem.
And even better, you will be able to come up with in-depth blog posts that will “enrapture” your audience.
I mean, who doesn’t like a good “enrapturing”? ï˜†
III. And the last step is…
Yes, you read that right.
So many writers have been held back at the step- looking for a title.
I mean, if looking for the topic is holding you back from writing, f**k the title!
Yes, f**k the title, just write!
Wale released an album titled “The Album about Nothing”
And it was the shit.
So yeah, if you can’t figure out what to write about, write about anything.
Just make sure you start writing. And then build the momentum.
Picasso once said:
“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.”
Start writing. Keep at it long enough, and the inspiration you think you need will come at you begging to be used.
So many times you hold yourself back from writing just because you can’t figure out the title or topic.
Don’t let it continue to be your excuse anymore.
The only way to be a writer is to do the work and write.
The only way to do the work is to DO THE WORK.
The topic will join you along the way.
That’s how I don’t run out of blog ideas. How do you do it?
Let me know in the comments.
Oh and I’m thinking of starting a Facebook group for Hustlers like me and you.
Good idea or bad idea. What do you think?
And I’m late for work so gotta go.
500 Naira Writer signing out.
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.