The dreaded writer’s block – and ways to smash through the barriers
If you ask 100 people how to define writer’s block and/or what causes the blockage, you’ll get at least 101 answers, ranging from those who don’t believe in the phenomenon to those who have elaborate theories on the subject.
When making the case for its existence, you could point to the character of Bubba in Forest Gump, one of the brainstorming masterminds of all time. When he got on his favorite subject, he knew how to examine it from every angle.
To quote, “Anyway, like I was saying, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That . . . that’s about it.”
And, if Bubba the shrimp expert eventually ran out of ideas – which is a commonly described symptom of writer’s block – then you shouldn’t feel bad when you find it difficult to come up with fresh topics for your blog or site. It happens to the best of us. But, when that happens, what should you do?
Some ways to generate blog and article ideas include:
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