How To Bang Out Posts When You Can’t Think of Anything to Write


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.

1. Firsts.

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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About The Author

In addition to being editor at IFB, Kristen writes for Forbes, Eat, Sleep, Denim, and her own blog, Stylenik. Previously, she served as the San Francisco editor for Racked, covering the intersection of retail, fashion, and technology. She has written about everything from human cloning to luxury shopping for publications including Wired, Gizmodo, Refinery 29, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in a '70s house in '70s clothes on the Northern California coast. 

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16 Responses

  1. Kosta Karakashyan

    Thank you for these tips, I love the personal examples you gave for each tactic’s success. As a brand new blogger, I’ve got my content planned out for a while ahead, but I was worried that it’d become too formulaic, so I will use these to spice things up!

  2. Gerda

    If my inspiration is sleeping, I start to look at pictures that I can use one day. Usually they inspire me within an hour and memories come back to me. Great post!

  3. Raivyn dK

    Nice tips! 😉 My main writer’s block remedy is to just write something, anything, and my post for the day will come… the point is to just get writing, even if it’s in your personal diary. The rest will happen- no need to force it, just let it flow…

  4. Brittany Ann

    The formula that works for me is to compose at night, sleep on it, then edit a final time in the morning before publishing. I’m a perfectionist with a raging inner-editor, so doing the final edit too soon after writing doesn’t work as I’m too “close” to the material and will waste hours tweaking, only to change it again the next morning.

    As a night owl my creativity really starts flowing at late hours. It’s good because the ideas are more free flowing and original; bad because sometimes you get those “night goggles” on where you think insipid posts are just fantastic for some reason. Hence the clear-eyed morning edit.

  5. Lillie

    A quick read with lots of great tips and encouragement! It’s posts like this that keep the blogging community a happy and supportive place!


  6. Chanel

    My main issue is having nice photos to go along with my posts. Practice makes perfect I guess!

  7. Zeynab

    Great tips, I have been feeling really uninspired with writing posts but you have good tips which I am definitely gonna apply.
    Zeynab x
    The Beautifully Disastrous

  8. Marie Skillern

    Great tips! Thanks for giving good ideas. I’m pretty sure many bloggers will learn from all your tips. I will definitely try what you have listed.