This post was inspired by the fact that I am currently going through a spell of writer’s block.
Although there are lots of subjects that I would like to write about, I can not seem to get them out.
It is a problem that many people who write or blog will encounter from time to time.
In fact it has affected some writers for such a long time that they actually had to abandon their careers.
As many of you guys know I am a person who likes to take action, overcome obstacles and get things done so I am going to share my experience with you.
What Is Writer’s Block?
It is an inability to put your thought’s into print. It can be caused by anxiety due to time constraints or other things that are affecting your work life balance. I can see how this issue could snowball out of all proportions if it wasn’t managed correctly.
Read Chrysta Bairre’s post in the link below about finding balance.
What Causes Writers Block?
- Lack of an Idea.
- Too many ideas.
- Inability to think of the correct words or grammar to use.
- It can be caused by a lack of focus.
- Change of external circumstances.
How Can Writers Block Be Solved?
1. If you are suffering from lack of an idea then you maybe just need to step away from your own work and read someone elses, many artists look to others for inspiration and this can create amazing work.
- Go and read blog and forum posts and comment on them, sometimes you will find that you will get just as inspired by the comments that you make yourself as you do by the post that you have commented on.
2. There is so much to learn and apply in this business and it is constantly evolving, this in itself can be overwhelming. This can give you so many ideas, you ask yourself. Where do I start? True?
- In those cases our brain can look at this as a problem but it is actually a positive. You can write small paragraphs about each of those subjects and come back to expand on them at a later date.
3. This can be a big stumbling block to many people but it isn’t really that important to look at when writing your first draft.
- Grammar or wording is something that you can correct afterwards when proof-reading and make sure everything is correct before you publish.
4. Focus is something that is caused by aligning your self with your goals. Things can change or alter in your life that can affect your focus.
- Re calculate your goals and make sure you can still achieve them with a push. Your subconscious gives up on things if it thinks they are impossible.
5. Circumstances that can make us write in a different way to how we normally would can be a big factor.
- Make sure you are still allowing yourself the same amount of time to complete different tasks.
- That you are comfortable.
- Have adequate lighting and breaks away from your work.
Looking at my research into this problem I feel as though I have uncovered my reasons and cured myself at the same time.
Over 700 words isn’t bad for someone who suffered writers block a few hours ago is it?
I would say that a combination of points 2, 4 and 5 affected me.
When I sat down to write a blog post today I had so many ideas that I didn’t know where to start.
I had many ideas that would make great posts but none of them were really getting me excited. This excitement is what I feel is important when writing. If I am not enthusiastic about writing it then why would you want to read it true?
I would say that although I see my self as a focused person, I like to have spare time to allow for tasks going over.
I currently have a lot less spare time than I had when I originally set my goals.
This is because I am currently spending less time online than I would like to.
Therefore I am trying to cram my tasks into the limited time that I have.
Some of these tasks actually involve writing too.
What About You?
Have you ever suffered from writers block?
Was it a combination of the reasons above or something completely different?
How did you get through this obstacle your self?
I look forward to reading your comments on this matter.
ONWARD AND UPWARDS TO SUCCESS.