Overcoming Writer's Block: Just Dictate And Transcribe!

Overcoming Writer's Block: Just Dictate And Transcribe!
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


Writer’s block. This is one of the problems you may experience when trying to create content for your business.

Writer’s block happens due to many reasons. Burnout. Lack of inspiration. Or simply feeling uninspired.

However, writer’s block does not result from a lack of ideas but the inability to put them down coherently. You may have dozens of ideas in your head but don’t know how to start writing them down.

When you experience writer’s block, you can use an old, time-tested way of getting your creative juices flowing: dictation. World-renowned writers are known to carry a recorder everywhere to dictate what’s on their mind. Borrow a cue from them and writer’s block will be a thing of the past.

Below are three tips you can follow whenever you hit a dead-end with creating content.

Take a Break from Familiar Surroundings

Taking a break from your surroundings is one of the easy ways of overcoming writer’s block. When you work in the same office space every day, your brain can start feeling “confined” and you may be unable to function at your best. There is something about familiarity that makes the brain get into a slumber mode. This is one of the reasons why some companies practice employee job rotation.

When you get to a new place, your brain has to adjust to the new reality. The unfamiliar environment will trigger new ideas that you can start dictating on your smartphone or sound recorder. This is why many companies encourage employees to take breaks from work. Breaking away from the normal workspace refreshes your brain, enabling you to create content easily.

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Listen to a New Music Genre

Getting out of your comfort zone is one way of opening your creative brain cells. However, to overcome writer’s block, you don’t need to learn a new skill or partake in a daring exercise. Instead, you can do something simple like listen to a new music genre.

Yes, you may be a blues or pop music fanatic. But have you tried listening to some soulful funk or ballads of the 1970s? YouTube is a great source of discovering new music. Listening to “The Beautiful Blue Danube” can engage your brain and make it easy for you to organize your ideas.

For this to work, you should listen to the music in a quiet place. For instance, you can lock yourself in the office or in your study to listen to the music. You will be surprised at how much content you will be ready to dictate in your smartphone as the ballads play softly in the background.

Just Start Dictating

The final tip you can try is just get started with dictating the content you want to create. Do not worry about it being coherent or having the best points. The exercise is simple: get started.

Most famous writers do not wait to get inspiration to start writing. Instead, they just sit down on the keyboard and start typing. For your case, you can start recording yourself on the smartphone. As you start talking, your brain will be inclined to continue with the exercise and produce better points. When the session is over, send the recording to your preferred Transcription services provider to get it transcribed quickly.

Follow the three tips above to overcome writer’s block.

Also Read: 10 Blog Writing Tips for Those Who Believe They're Novices

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.