If you’re struggling to get that latest piece of content written, with a blank screen that just looks whiter the more you look at it, then you’re not alone. It’s a problem faced by many, and in this article I’m going to give you a tip to get past the writer’s block, that I got from Rolf Harris…
If you don’t know who Rolf Harris is, he’s an Australian entertainer who settled in Britain in the 1950s. He was a regular fixture on TV throughout my childhood as he became a big star, predominantly in children’s entertainment.
He’s know for his use of odd instruments, and the huge paintings he used to do as part of his TV shows. What he’s not know for though, is his blogging prowess, so why do I use him for a lesson in getting over writer’s block..?
Well, let’s go back to those huge paintings he used to do. He’s start by splashing paint all over the massive canvas, and then he’d put a dash of one colour here, and a dash of another there, with seemingly no order to it.
He developed a catchphrase ‘can you tell what it is yet?’ as the audience tried to imagine what he painting. Then at the end he’d add some final flourishes, and it was these flourishes that brought the whole painting into an image.
It was quite magical to me as a child, and even as an adult it’s impressive to watch, and Harris is underestimated as painter.
When I saw him being interviewed about how he started any painting, big or small, he answered that he always started by covering the canvas in a wash of colour. He said the blank canvas looked so stark and bleak, that by covering it in a colour – any colour – he found it easier to make progress.
That’s the tip – where Rolf uses paint to get past the blank canvas, you should use some words, any words, to get past the blank page!
I’ve done this before – literally start by writing that you are a bit stuck on how to progress but are writing some content about xxxx. You intend to get the message across that xxxx, which will help people because xxxx.
Once you’ve done that, you’ve made the breakthrough. You’ll then find that as you answer your own questions, the content will develop, and then your brain will start to take over and ideas will lead from ideas.
Afterwards you can go back in and edit of course – maybe taking out the original questions you wrote as your prompt, or maybe even leaving them in!
You may think it’s too simple an idea, but I can assure you I’ve used it many times myself, and it works. If you find yourself suffering from some writer’s block, then give it go – you’ll thank me for the idea, for which we both in turn can thank Rolf Harris!
Let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. This article uses another content creation tip explained in this article: Here’s How To Reuse Content Already On Your Blog!
P.P.S. Read what I have to say about the blogging secret the gurus don’t want you to know!