I know. It’s nerve-racking — writer’s block, that is.
With how valuable content has become for businesses and consumers, it has become the perfect time for writers to make a living out of their skill. Of course, the more articles the writers can push out, the more income they earn.
You can probably relate to that, huh?
While the statement above is certainly true, thinking that being a writer is all daisies and butterflies is a terrible mistake. Writers contend with a very serious challenge that makes them rethink about whether or not they’re on the right field.
Of course, the challenge that I am talking about is the writer’s block.
If you’ve had your fair share of experiencing the dreaded writer’s block, and are sick and tired of it, then allow me to share you some tips that will help remedy just that.
If you’ll take the time to understand and take action on the tips that I’ll share, I promise you that you’ll be able to avoid the writer’s block, AND be able to compete those articles in no time.
Let’s hop right in.
1. Ask questions — TONS OF THEM!
It’s all about value, right?
Even if you publish a 10 thousand word article, your audience will still ignore you if they feel that your content is all fluff, and are not providing real value.
The thing with your audience is, when they’re at your page, they just want their questions answered. If after reading your article they end up saying to themselves, “I’m glad I landed on this website, now I know how to solve my problem…”, then your audience will surely be appreciative of you and your content.
What has this got to do with getting rid of your writer’s block and writing fast, you might ask?
To use this strategy, you just need to put yourself in your audience’s shoes, then start writing the questions that you think that they’ll end up asking you. These questions will be your actual subheadings.
Imagine writing down 15 questions, and answering them comprehensively. If you’ll give each question an answer that’s about 200 words or so, then you’d have ended up writing 3000 words (minimum) in no time. Mind you that the figure still doesn’t include your opening and closing paragraphs.
With the kind of approach that we’ve taken, I’m sure you can tell that we’ll end up writing something useful (since we’re answering your audience’s questions), and not something that’s all sizzle but no steak.
* Important tip – Use Q&A sites and forums to figure out the kind of questions that your audience are asking. That way, you know that you are answering the actual questions that your audience are thinking about, and not just the questions that YOU THINK they are wanting to ask.
2. You versus them.
The word “versus” might have been too strong of a word.
What we’re merely trying to do using this strategy is to compare your your take on a specific topic, over other people’s opinion.
Here’s an example. If you’re writing about a specific product, you can tell your audience your opinion about that specific product, and how your opinion differs to other people’s.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to limit yourself into talking about opposing opinions only. You can also talk about opinions that are aligned to yours.
In terms of getting your readers to engage with you, this strategy works quite well especially if your opinion challenges the opinion of most people — or if your opinion is seemingly against the standards that most people adhere to.
What I like the most about this strategy is there are a lot of publishers on the web. Since that is the case, you can simply look for publishers that have a decent amount of clout (or followers), take note of their opinion about the topic that you are writing about, then compare / relate your opinion to theirs.
Once your article goes live, you can even Tweet them, or send them an email telling them that you mentioned them in your article.
This strategy increases the chances of others sharing your articles to their community.
3. Breakdown the topic.
I have yet to come across a topic that cannot be broken-down using subtopics. Regardless of what you’re writing about, there is always a way to break it down into bite-sized-pieces.
That’s why this strategy is so easy to use.
Try to picture out drawing a mind map on a sheet of paper.
You have the main topic in the middle of your paper, then you start listing the subtopics around your main topic, and enclosing them in a “bubble”.
After writing about 10 – 15 subtopics, you’ll then draw another arrow pointing to another bubble where you can write your ideas pertaining to the subtopic.
Once you’re done writing your ideas on each subtopic, how long do you think your write-up would have been at that point?
Pretty interesting, huh?
If you’re trying to introduce a new idea, or perhaps something that your audience aren’t quite familiar of, this strategy is one of the best ones that you can use — along with strategy number 1.
4. Use the cause and effect approach to prevent experiencing the writer’s block.
I especially like using this approach when talking about the problems that my audience are experiencing — and the solution to their problems, of course.
I have found that this approach does such an amazing job when it comes to keeping your readers hooked. If your website has a high bounce rate, then you might want to use this approach when writing your articles.
The thing is, when you’re writing about the “cause” of the problem, your audience will be able to relate to it. And because of that, they will want to continue reading your article.
* Bonus tip – one of the things that most seasoned copywriters do to influence their readers to continue reading, and buy their product is to talk about the problems of their readers — and rub it in their faces. This makes their readers emotional, making it easier for the copywriters to influence their reader’s actions.
In most cases, writing about the cause and effect of a topic can cause your article’s word count to skyrocket. When you put into consideration the subtopics that you need to write about as you detail the cause (and the effect) of your main topic, you’ll end up growing the numbers even more, all while providing value to your audience.
Liked what you’ve read so far?
Well. That’s just for starters. I still have about 5 to 7 or so tips that I can share that will help you cure your writer’s block.
I have been using these techniques myself (for years) and they have worked wonders for me. If you’ll take the time to digest and implement the tips that I shared above, I promise you that you’ll see real results.
Stay tuned. I will be adding a link here for the second part of this guide. I will be publishing the next article this Monday. Cheers!