So you've got some great outfit photos, or snaps from the weekend, or images of your latest office remodel. But you have absolutely nothing to say. The blank page is staring you down. You could just post the photos with your affiliate links and call it a day, but that might be less than satisfying, and the lack of commentary will likely draw fewer readers than a post with more actual words.
You are not alone. This has happened to me many, many times as a writer, and I have an arsenal of tactics for getting started. Luckily, once the first sentence is on the page, the rest usually flows much more easily.
Here are my top four “writer's block” remedies.
If your outfit posts includes knee-high boots for fall, try to remember back to your first pair. If you're on a date, think back to your first one. Documenting a wine country weekend? Maybe you have a vivid memory of your first taste of wine, or your first visit to Sonoma County. It doesn't have to be a story about the photos per se, but it can relate to them, and help your readers get to know you better in the process. The text for this post is about the first time my daughter Frida said her name (almost) and has nothing to do with what I'm wearing.
2. Write first thing in the morning.
If you're stuck trying to write at night, go to sleep. When you wake up, begin writing immediately, before checking email, Facebook or Instagram (maybe make some coffee). Julie Cameron recommends writing “morning pages” every day in her motivating book The Artist's Way. Your sleepy A.M. writing may not be profound, but it will at least get you started. This confessional post is a result of morning writing, and resulted in the most pageviews of any post ever on my blog.
3. Write like no one's looking, because no one is.
Don't worry if your sentences make sense or are grammatically correct. Know that you can back and fix things later, or you can throw everything you wrote in the trash. For now, just write. It's a tactic I learned from the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, which I highly recommend. That was how I wrote this post.
4. Put your thoughts in a jar.
For real. When I actually remember to do it, it works. Write down random thoughts you have during the day that might make good topics for blog posts. It could be an outfit you loved, the way someone's hair was styled, the shoes someone was wearing, or something totally not style related, like the way someone on the bus played with her hair, or a co-workers weird mannerism. Then when you're stuck, pull one out and let it be a trigger to start writing. Even if you don't remember why you wrote it down, it will probably bring something to mind.
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