It's no secret that becoming known as an expert in your niche is a great way to move your business forward. But knowing you should put yourself out there in writing is one thing, actually accomplishing it is another.
Writer's block (combined with entrepreneurs' chronic time crunch) often gets in the way of even the best intentions when it comes to sharing your wisdom and promoting your work via the company blog or public posts on the likes of LinkedIn and Medium. So how can you power through your anxiety and generate great ideas for content?
My Inc.com colleagues have suggested plenty of tips, but sometimes you just don't have time to step away and immerse yourself in interesting reads or let your thoughts marinate while you get out of the office. In these cases, tech tools just might be the answer.
A host of sites and services offer quick-and-dirty solutions for the uninspired, claiming to help just about anyone power through a creative blockage, fast. On The Freelancer's Blog recently Kenneth Walkman rounded up a monster list of 22 of them for everyone from short story writers to business people. Here are the ones that will be of most interest to entrepreneurs, along with Walkman's explanations of his recommendations:
- Übersuggest: "This effective online tool can help you figure out some of the keywords that are relevant to the topics you are interested in. Just type a term you're interested in to receive keywords."
- Wridea: "Organize, improve, and share your ideas with friends and collaborators in a matter of minutes with Wridea."
- HubSpot Blog Topic Generator: "Come up with a week's worth of ideas on the topics you are interested in thanks to HubSpot's Blog Topic Generator. Enter up to three keywords and let it do its magic."
- Impact's Blog Title Generator. "Another online resource which helps you generate topics and titles for your article based on a single keyword."
- Topsy: "Find out which topics have got people talking, which are some of the most influential individuals currently online, and plenty of other useful stuff."
- Paper.li: "Another way of getting over your block is to rely on a content curator website that provides you with fresh and interesting content daily. Paper.li is probably the best of the bunch."
- Write or Die: "Write or Die... requires you to do just one thing: to write. It doesn't matter what about, just do it, or you will be punished."
- Ilys: "Ilys provides you with a distraction-free editor which allows you to edit your work only after you've hit the word count you've set yourself. Here's the kicker: you can only see the last letter you've typed, nothing else." [Note: if distraction is your problem, there are plenty of other tools you can try as well.]
What's your best tip for overcoming writer's block?