6 Tools To Help Beat Writer’s Block

I’ve been creating social media content for over a decade and I usually have lots of ideas for what I want to write about.

But occasionally the well of inspiration runs dry.

And during those times I return to one of my list of tried and tested places to brainstorm fresh ideas.

Perhaps you are in need of some inspiration to get your creative writing juices flowing too.

If so, I feel sure you will find the following resources helpful to get you unstuck and creating fresh content again.

1. Find Inspiration On Buzzsumo

I use Buzzsumo to find inspiration by searching which popular content is most shared right now on social media. These are the topics people want to read about so it’s worth brainstorming ideas around this content.

The free version is useful to get a brief snapshot, but if you are interested in doing more with the tool you will need to upgrade to the paid version.

2. Tap Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator

HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator tool lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas that will exercise your writing muscles again.

Here are the suggestions generated for me when I input the terms “social media” and “marketing” into the tool.

3. Generate Ideas With Portent’s Content Idea Tool

A similar tool to Hubspot, Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

4. Craft A Blog Headline With Inbound’s Title Generator

Sometimes all you need to get those creative juices flowing again is a title and this is where Inbound Now’s Blog Title Idea Generator comes in. You don’t even need to input a keyword — keep clicking on the generate title button until you find the inspiration you need.

5. Ask Questions on Quora

Quora is a question and answer platform where you can either ask a question about your topic or simply do a search using your topic keyword to find what people are asking about that topic. It’s a super place for market research. Make a list of those questions which you feel you could write about.

You have the option to follow chosen topics in your niche. Once you do so you’ll keep seeing the ‘Top Stories’ (questions) in your Quora newsfeed. You can also check out the ‘New Questions’ option to see the latest questions. When you have written an article or blog post on the topic, go back into Quora and answer a question related to the topic. You can include a link to your post in your answer.

Yahoo Answers and Reddit are also good places to do market research online.

6. Search Keyword Suggestions with Keywords Everywhere

The Keywords Everywhere browser extension returns a host of long-tail phrases based on what people are searching for using specific keywords.

I feel sure that one of these places will help you find the inspiration you need, but if all else fails, then head out the door and take yourself on a walk. You might be pleasantly surprised at what ideas come to you when you clear your mind, take in your surroundings and let your little grey cells do their best work.

I hope you found this post helpful. Please feel free to add your suggestions for beating writer’s block in the comments section below.

Social Media Consultant. Keynote Speaker. Digital Storyteller. https://hcsmmonitor.com

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