How to Stop Writer’s Block (Forever)!
If you are anything like me, you suffer occasionally from serious writer’s block. Ok…to be honest it happens to me every couple of weeks and it is frustrating. I asked a few of my friends in the same field as I am in what their strategies were to conquer writer’s block.
I was fascinated that all of them said “go to the gym”, “take a walk” or “meditate”. That makes sense to me, but there has to more to it. I’m looking for a solution that is permanent!
So I went on a quest to find other tools to help with this issue and I’m thrilled to tell you that there are some great ones out there. These tools will help you look at topics from different angles to get past your writer’s block.
Here is my top list of 16 tools I use for writing inspiration…
Category: Writing and Grammar Related
I seriously love this tool! Picture this, when get up each more you just sit and write 750 words about anything…spelling and grammar don’t matter. The idea is to form the habit of writing daily. It could literally be anything. Lately, I have been writing about some bizarre dreams I have been having…or at least what I can remember. By the time you need to focus on your blogs you are already limbered up and ready to go.
Zen Pen is essentially a simple, distraction free writing tool. The point is that you can write your flow of consciousness to get your creative juices moving again. The key is its simplicity in that it is really just a blank web page.
This free tool is the ultimate in grammar correction. It fixes 250 different types of errors so your writing is much clearer and of course, grammatically correct. It also has a contextual spell checker built in. I think this tool is essential for any serious blogger.
This nifty tool will actually analyze your writing and show you where you need improvements. I have found it to be pretty good at removing extraneous language and help getting straight to the point.
Category: Content Creation
I love to use Portents when I need a really good laugh…sometimes they are right on target…sometimes they are not. They are always interesting, amusing and out of the box. It usually shakes me out of my writers block funk.
All you need to do is type in 3 nouns related to a topic and this tool will generate a week’s worth of solid content ideas. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes. I think it works very well.
This site is unique in that you can find out about which topics bloggers in your niche space are writing about. It’s a great way to identify the most popular topics being written about. I like to think of it as instant inspiration.
Buzzsumo helps you find the best top content being published in your niche. Suppose you have some keywords that you think will rank high. BuzzSumo will identify the most shared content related to those keywords. This powerful type of information will give you the competitive edge when you are writing your content. You can also just put in a topic and see how many likes it has on social media. The topic with the most amount of likes is therefore a very popular topic to write about.
Topsy is uniquely designed to help you analyze and search the social web. You can put in any word and then view its trends on Topsy Analytics. They also have several features including a filter so you can better refine your search.
Ahrefs Content Explorer tool helps find the most shared types of content for a wide range of endless topics. You can create high-value content pieces that reflect the current interests of your niche audience.
This tool will help you curate high value content. Paper.li has an impressive collection of articles, videos and photography. It’s a very easy tool to use to simplify the generally laborious work of content creation. I am personally of the mind that curated content should be used 10% of the time and the other 90% should be your own authentic voice.
Category: Productivity & Related
This tool has become my secret weapon for writing well converting headlines. It analyzes, scores and grades your headlines for maximum impact. It looks for a balance of words in 4 categories: common words, uncommon words, emotional words and power words. It also provides you with examples of those trigger words, as well as a critique on your headline length. Check out my recent review on them!
This is a digital productivity tool based on the famed Pomodoro time management technique. The technique uses a timer to break down work into blocks of intervals, generally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. I have personally used this technique and have found it to be very effective in boosting my productivity and focus.
Category: Keywords & Related
<a href="http://www.wordstream cymbalta 20 mg.com/keyword-niche-finder/”>Free Keyword Niche Finder
This SEO / SEM / PPC tool is by Wordstream and is a major productivity boost for bloggers and writers of all kinds. It helps with content topic selection and for finding previously undiscovered high value long-tail keyword variations to help increase traffic.
This is one of the hottest and most powerful free keyword research tools out there. You can actually get hundreds and hundreds of keyword ideas based on actual search queries.
This tool is a realtime social research platform. It analyzes and combines content from across the globe. The result is a report that identifies the most popular topics from social media.
In closing, I hope you have found this list of tools enlightening. If you have other writer’s block tools that you like, please put them in the comments section below so we can share them. Oh, by the way I have also found that binge watching on Netflix works too…:)
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