How to overcome writers block in article writing

by szaby 20 replies
Hello,

Can someone here give me a small guide of concrete steps to take when writing an article? I do ok with copywriting mainly because I can ask for more time and it`s a more valuable piece of writing.

Not so much can be said about article writing people want fast articles and in the oddest niches, you can think of. How does one write an article in a niche that he is not familiar with?

Do I read the Wikipedia and some articles about the giving topic and then try to craft something out of the 2. I`m having writer's block i wanted to take on an article about a granite website.

It was very unclear about the fact that it was about kitchen granite or rocks but that was all the information i had available to craft a proposal.

How do i go about in writing something as let`s call it strange as rock`s what are the steps to get some content out there about stuff you don`t really know
Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Sanders
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by szaby View Post

    Hello,

    Can someone here give me a small guide of concrete steps to take when writing an article? I do ok with copywriting mainly because I can ask for more time and it`s a more valuable piece of writing.

    Not so much can be said about article writing people want fast articles and in the oddest niches, you can think of. How does one write an article in a niche that he is not familiar with?

    Do I read the Wikipedia and some articles about the giving topic and then try to craft something out of the 2. I`m having writer's block i wanted to take on an article about a granite website.

    It was very unclear about the fact that it was about kitchen granite or rocks but that was all the information i had available to craft a proposal.

    How do i go about in writing something as let`s call it strange as rock`s what are the steps to get some content out there about stuff you don`t really know
    Thank you
    You need to get clarification. If it was a job posting of some sort, can't you just ask?

    Sorry, I don't understand your problem.

    GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    Writer's block got FA to do with writin'.

    Cos writin' is thinkin' — marks on a page, taps on a keyboard is all.

    Confront that interface fulla desire — n' NOT WRITE SHIT — then prolly you got other stuff forefontaya conscio sum deal demandsya attention SUCHTHATTO ur distracted.

    So I would always wanna trot shit out all infinitegarbageward, jus' to see if'n I can bust out through the barrier between writin' out sumthinanythtin' an' tryin' hardta fix any kinda deal, jus' so's I can trust I will always sling sumthin' together sumhow.

    Got sum raw material vomit reacto if zero muse evident then COOL COOL COOL ima REFINE.

    Nuthin' there = no hopea finesse.

    ( I repeat SUM here over NUN with a purpose, btw.)

    Prolly 2018 I will edit this if anyone says

    "actually, Princess somewhere in that last spontaneously proffered comment, you had some germ of understanding about the difference between the desire to write (as pursued) and the desire to write (as thwarted)"

    So, huh there is no BLOCK, no Trumpesque Obstruculotasticlisti.

    There is distraction sum other problem gotta be solved an' there is writin' shit out.U wanna write these articles or not?

    Or U actschly wanna write sumthin' else?
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Look up questions people have about your topic (yahoo answers, for instance). Find the answer to that/those question/s. Write down the answer in your own words. Makes the research easier when you're hunting down answers to actual questions.


    Regarding granite: how much does it cost, how does it form, does it wear well, how's it different from marble... first questions that popped up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Diana S
      Originally Posted by DABK View Post

      Look up questions people have about your topic (yahoo answers, for instance). Find the answer to that/those question/s. Write down the answer in your own words. Makes the research easier when you're hunting down answers to actual questions.


      Regarding granite: how much does it cost, how does it form, does it wear well, how's it different from marble... first questions that popped up.
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      Once you've done question-specific research, you will have no problem writing about literally any topic. I've written about granite before, it's not impossible
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  • Profile picture of the author NewEnglandah
    As far as getting rid of the block. You could read more about your subject. You could go outside and clear your head. Get involved with something else. You seem to be looking for ideas as apposed to writers block.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessegilbert
    Brainstorm with a good thesaurus and collect words. Start with the words you have on the topic that you might not really know how to work with - Collect a dozen or more synonyms and related words - Then model your title using swipe files and inject some of the words you found in the title (don't reinvent the wheel).

    In this manner you can write on almost any topic provided you do some research to fill in the content reasonably well.
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  • Profile picture of the author riviera
    I have always found it easier to specialize in a small number of niches which drastically cuts down on the amount of research required.

    It is obviously important to factor in the amount of research required when pricing up a job and a mistake many new writers make is not to do this!

    If you are familiar with the subject matter writers block becomes much less of a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
    Stick to writing only topics you know about. Or expand your knowledge base.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1Bryan
    I wouldn't take the gig in the first place. So there'd be no problem for me. Accepting that you can't do it all ...

    Is freedom.

    Freedom from doing stuff you don't wanna do in the first place. Plus, the real money in writing?

    Is building a small base of well-funded repeat clients that give you work over and over again. That's how you become more valuable than every other writer out there.

    It's not in chasing every possible gig you can get.

    But if you must ...

    Try to make it fun. When it's fun ... it's easier.

    Still ...

    Why does a sportswriter not write about politics? Or celebrity scandals? Surely they have their own ideas/opinions/blah blah blahs about politics. Or celebrity scandals.

    It's because when you wanna make a name for yourself ...

    Better to have a focus.

    Every idiot down at the bar has an opinion on just about every possible topic there is ...

    Doesn't mean their opinion is considered valuable.

    So every time you take gigs that are scattering yourself all over the place?

    You are taking yourself away from what's considered valuable in our world ...

    And making yourself cheap in the process.

    Not to mention ...

    Giving yourself stress that you don't need and could totally be avoided.

    P.S. Some of the best writers in the world ... have experienced writer's block.

    From A-list copywriters ... to Academy Award winning screen writers ... and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists.

    But in internet marketing circles?

    Lol.

    Nope.

    Never.

    They actually believe their own hype. That they can become an "expert" on anything in a few short hours ...

    Or have somehow magically transcended being human.

    Humans get blocked up from time-to-time.

    We're all human ...

    So why get all bent out of shape about it?

    Ever read the stuff put out by "hacks" who can crank it out all day long?

    Sucks.

    I've clicked on many a sig link. From "article writers" who have bragged about never getting writer's block.

    And man-oh-man.

    They should NOT be bragging.

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  • Profile picture of the author Homewriting
    Ask for specifics for what you need to write about in the niche that you're doing.

    From there, it's actually all a matter of perseverance. If you're looking for inspiration or even information, I always keep up Wikipedia, news articles, and google scholar on hand for any information I need to research up on quickly to write an article. Reading helps TREMENDOUSLY and will help you gain knowledge about subjects as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author sincontrasena
    I prefer creative article writing - even on the most boring subjects - to copywriting at the moment. I'm just much better at it.

    Steps to write about something you're totally not interested in:

    Immerse yourself in the topic - Quora answers, Yahoo answers, Wiki pages, Reddit communities.

    Seek out individuals who are related to the subject in anyway and pick their brains for any attributing information.

    Utilize specialized search engines to hunt for more supporting media.

    Visualize the whole concept of the project.

    Read, read, read.

    Half of the fun of writing random articles is learning about topics that you never knew existed in the first place.

    Then start anywhere and write. Later form it into an article or two.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author MysticParadise
    Well, the internet can help you a lot. Google can help you a lot of info, and you should use it like a puzzle. Get some sentences here, a paragraph there, read everything, then write a combination of these things in your own words. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stawrew
    Never start from scratch. Find content that is good, and start rewriting the ideas you like and would like to cover in your article. Even the best copywriters have their "swipe file" they use, at least for "inspiration".

    Cheers,
    Kiril
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  • Profile picture of the author thesisclinic1
    Uniqueness is the word which will help you to overcome writers block in article writing. The uniqueness in your content will really help you out in this.

    Thanks and Regards
    Kate Wilson
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      How does the uniqueness of an article that's not yet written helps that article come into being? The OP needs help with writer's block.

      Originally Posted by thesisclinic1 View Post

      Uniqueness is the word which will help you to overcome writers block in article writing. The uniqueness in your content will really help you out in this.

      Thanks and Regards
      Kate Wilson
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  • Profile picture of the author Stawrew
    BTW, can you share the website / product you´ll need to write for? I guess that would help to come up with some more specific advise.

    I recenty did an article on a topic, that I wasn´t familiar with: LinkedIn Ads. here it is: http://4mybusiness.co/what-about-lin...-give-it-a-try

    I researched and answered my OWN questions, and then I just put the research in an post and gave it some structure.

    I did it because I know that if I have such questions, other people will have them too. And by putting the relevant info together in an article, I´m helping them to save the time that I had to put in.

    So, having the product/service in mind, I would approach the article writing with the question: "What questions do people, who are interested in this stuff, have a search online?"

    Hope that helps,
    Kiril

    4MyBusiness.co
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  • Profile picture of the author daniel27lt
    Hire someone else to do it for you. Or take breaks to refresh the mind. Exercise such as simply going for a work is a god strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    If you have writer's block, you need to read more. Pick one topic a month and really dig deep. Turn off the computer for an hour a day and just read. And read a REAL book. One written back when authors actually knew things instead of just rewriting other people's crap online. Then, write about what you read. Do this every day, one hour, for the first hour of the day. BEFORE checking email or even turning on a computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamSolomon67
    I know this reply is a tad late, but I figure education is timeless. And writing articles is something I do, for myself and for others.

    I write mainly articles. I find the best way to avoid writer's block is to do research.

    Research is possible even if you have a couple of hours to work with. Use the first hour to read as much as you can on the subject, use the next 30 minutes to write and the last 30 minutes to edit.

    It takes a bit of practice, but it's possible. I can write an article in about an hours. Less if it's something I already know about.

    Of course, it also depends on the quality people are looking for. If I have one day the quality can be pretty good.

    Hope that gives you some pointers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Word Genius
    Hi,

    I know you asked this question a while ago. Hopefully, I can chime in some advice, too.

    First, Wikipedia is a good starting point, but I wouldn’t use it as a reliable reference. Since it’s a site that is always changing and updating by people, there’s no guarantee it’ll be accurate. However, if you scroll down to the references at the bottom, there are usually links to articles and resources that can be more reliable and helpful.

    One resource some may forget about is YouTube. There is a video for almost everything these days. Searching there can be helpful to find information and to pull you out of writer’s block. A lot of times, writer’s block can happen when we’re tapped out or just unsure of where to go next. Visual stimulation like videos can definitely foster creativity.

    Just don’t get carried away by watching tons of videos and forget to write. I can be guilty of that sometimes. YouTube can be addicting, especially with autoplay on.

    WG
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