Writer’s block. This is one of the problems you may experience when trying to create content for your business.
Writer’s block happens due to many reasons. Burnout. Lack of inspiration. Or simply feeling uninspired.
However, writer’s block does not result from a lack of ideas but the inability to put them down coherently. You may have dozens of ideas in your head but don’t know how to start writing them down.
When you experience writer’s block, you can use an old, time-tested way of getting your creative juices flowing: dictation. World-renowned writers are known to carry a recorder everywhere to dictate what’s on their mind. Borrow a cue from them and writer’s block will be a thing of the past.
Below are three tips you can follow whenever you hit a dead-end with creating content.
Take a Break from Familiar Surroundings
Taking a break from your surroundings is one of the easy ways of overcoming writer’s block. When you work in the same office space every day, your brain can start feeling “confined” and you may be unable to function at your best. There is something about familiarity that makes the brain get into a slumber mode. This is one of the reasons why some companies practice employee job rotation.
When you get to a new place, your brain has to adjust to the new reality. The unfamiliar environment will trigger new ideas that you can start dictating on your smartphone or sound recorder. This is why many companies encourage employees to take breaks from work. Breaking away from the normal workspace refreshes your brain, enabling you to create content easily.
Listen to a New Music Genre
Getting out of your comfort zone is one way of opening your creative brain cells. However, to overcome writer’s block, you don’t need to learn a new skill or partake in a daring exercise. Instead, you can do something simple like listen to a new music genre.
Yes, you may be a blues or pop music fanatic. But have you tried listening to some soulful funk or ballads of the 1970s? YouTube is a great source of discovering new music. Listening to “The Beautiful Blue Danube” can engage your brain and make it easy for you to organize your ideas.
For this to work, you should listen to the music in a quiet place. For instance, you can lock yourself in the office or in your study to listen to the music. You will be surprised at how much content you will be ready to dictate in your smartphone as the ballads play softly in the background.
Just Start Dictating
The final tip you can try is just get started with dictating the content you want to create. Do not worry about it being coherent or having the best points. The exercise is simple: get started.
Most famous writers do not wait to get inspiration to start writing. Instead, they just sit down on the keyboard and start typing. For your case, you can start recording yourself on the smartphone. As you start talking, your brain will be inclined to continue with the exercise and produce better points. When the session is over, send the recording to your preferred transcription services provider to get it transcribed quickly.
Follow the three tips above to overcome writer’s block.
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Beth Worthy is the Director of Operations for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. GMR Transcription has worked with over 8,000 clients spanning myriad industries and prides itself on its customer service and quick turnaround time. Their services include audio transcription, video transcription, and digital transcription, as well as Spanish and Mandarin translation. Google +