Some freelance writers experience burnout or writer’s block which translates to stale writing. Ideas are not as fresh as they used to be or they’re nowhere to be found. You scramble to think of something to write, only to be mocked by the blank page that appears before you. What’s a writer to do? Take a chill pill, calm down, and continue to read this blog.
I’ll admit that sometimes I feel like my writing’s stale. How many times can you read a blog post about “How to start a blog? How to get started in freelance writing? Or What’s a blog?” With so many blogs on the internet, I’m sure you’ll find your answer and it probably won’t be that much different from mine. I remind myself that unique content is king not plain old content. My goal is to provide readers with posts they haven’t seen before on the internet. I know it’s a stretch. Spiritual gurus believe we share “collective consciousness” which means there’s a chance someone already wrote the post that I want to write. That’s okay because I’ll add my flavorful spin to it!
Kicking up your writing
Do you remember that famous business catchphrase “think outside the box?” It could help you freshen up your writing. Brainstorm for topics that you’d like to cover and that your readers would find interesting. Peruse the internet to see if the topics been covered. You can always write a post that has your personal touch.
Don’t shy away from controversial topics. Some people are afraid of conflict which is why they don’t write them. Luckily, I don’t shy away from controversy. I happen to enjoy knocking at the doors of people perceptions to see if I can persuade them to look at a subject from a different perspective. Remember what Napoleon Hill said, “…opinions are the cheapest commodities” so you may as well throw your opinion in once in awhile. Don’t be shy about it. No one’s judging you. Okay, there will be a few people who may judge you. But who cares, it’s not like you’ll meet them face-to-face. Then again, it’s a small world and you could meet face-to-face. Don’t allow that stop you from standing your ground and speaking up.
Need a refresher course?
Writing classes could revive your writing. And, it’s a great way to get social. Writers are solitary folks who stare at the same four walls every day. It’s good to get out and mingle. The bonus is you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who already have a connection with on some level.
Writers conferences and workshops can re-energize your writing. Learning new writing techniques or trying something new will enhance your writing and bring you out of a rut. Again, the networking opportunities are endless. You could strike up a conversation with a couple of editors and land writing opportunities.
Keep your writing fresh, hot, and clean
Don’t allow your writing to become moldy and stale. Every writer faces burnout in their writing career. Sometimes it’s good to take a hiatus from time to time. Go away for the weekend and commune with nature because it will open you all of your senses. Give meditation a try when you sit in nature. Let go and release all thoughts. You’ll be surprised how be silent and still can give you new ideas.
Get back in touch with “why” you became a writer. Perhaps you need to go in a different direction. If that’s the case, mourn your previous writing years and begin anew. It may be scary but once you take the first step, you’ll find your footing. Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective. Find yours today and tomorrow your writing will shine again. Good luck!
How do you keep your writing fresh? Share your thoughts.