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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?

Writers BlockIt 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.

http://www.liveandlovework.com/2013/07/26/finding-balance-in-the-day-to-day/

What Causes Writers Block?

  1. Lack of an Idea.
  2. Too many ideas.
  3. Inability to think of the correct words or grammar to use.
  4. It can be caused by a lack of focus.
  5. Change of external circumstances.

How Can Writers Block Be Solved?

Moby Dick Gets Writers Block1. 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. Β 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.

Β 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.

To Conclude.

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.

Gary

14 Responses to Coping With Writers Block

  1. Lisa says:

    Gary, been going through it myself the past few days. Come up with a post and then think it’s not that good. I usually post 2x a week and haven’t in 6 days. Hoping to get some inspiration for tomorrow’s. I started one similar to this too! But there are so many ideas I have as well like you say that can be a problem as well. I just want to be a great post πŸ™‚ Love your quote, will be pinning it! Nice to know we are not alone.

    • Gary says:

      Hey Lisa
      We definitely aren’t alone this happens to a lot of people.

      I think the best thing is to not put pressure on yourself to do it and find something you really enjoy to write about.
      I am sure you will start tomorrow inspired to write yet another fantastic post like you have many times before.
      Thanks for your input
      Gary

  2. Hi Gary

    When I am desperate I have asked for help right before I go to sleep, it may take 48 hours but something usually comes up.

    At times I think of somethings but wonder how this would even interest anyone else, but I go ahead and start writing. Part way through ideas come to me as to how this would help anyone else.

    Things that happen to me such as in this latest post, was a big lesson for me and may be my lessons learned can save someone else some grief.

    I think you also have to walk away and do something else to enter the zone of creativity. You cannot get it by just sitting in front of the computer day after day without interaction with the rest of the world.

    Mary

    • Gary says:

      Hey Mary.
      I like the way that you just take Action and start writing.
      Then get inspired by some of the stuff you have written already.
      That is kind of what happened to me too.
      I started out with too many thoughts and no inspiration.
      When I looked back the writers block was actually my inspiration
      Thanks for getting involved
      Gary

  3. Barry Wells says:

    Hi Gary,

    I think you tackled your issue excellently. The post is fantastic and hit’s the nail on the head.

    I had a lot of time away from the PC these last 12 months and couldn’t sit at it for long when I could get to it. This made me pretty irritated and anxious about getting some content started.

    All in all I had about 8 posts started but I’d hit writes block and move onto a different post. Over and over this went for most of my time away and when I did get back to the PC properly I took a look at the posts and thought they were all rubbish.

    I re-wrote a couple but the majority are still where I left them and they’ll probably stay there as well πŸ˜‰

    Sometimes we tend to over think things, so its best to just get it down as you’d say it to a friend and worry about the grammar later, even the spelling isn’t important at time of writing as we can paste it into word AFTERWARDS and correct it, if we need to.

    A little exercise for overcoming writers block is to look out of the window and study what you see. The open word and write about what you saw.

    We sometimes take on so much that we’re applying to much pressure onto ourselves. I had a conversation with my younger brother who’s doing exactly that and feeling overwhelmed by his work load.

    My advise to him was: Whilst we need to picture the overall business we’re putting together we only need to focus on the next step, and when we’ve completed that step we focus on the next one.

    I really enjoyed your post Gary, and love how you’ve turned a negative feeling into a positive one 😎

    If you tackle every concern like this you’ll soon be on your way, excellent πŸ™‚

    All the best mate,
    Barry

    • Gary says:

      Hi Barry,

      I really appreciate your recognition, thank you.
      It is hard to believe that you have a few posts unfinished. This just goes to show that it can happen to anyone.

      I like the tip about looking out of the window, hopefully I never Have to use it though LOL.
      I also like the tip about focusing on the next step, it is like breaking our goals down into manageable chunks isn’t it?

      Thank you for popping by and contributing

      Gary

  4. Adrienne says:

    Hey Gary,

    I don’t really like to call it writers block and for the most part I haven’t had these issues until the past few weeks. Of course I had a pretty good excuse why I couldn’t concentrate due to the recent tragedy of losing my best friend and neighbor.

    I hated to miss my blogging schedule because I’ve been blogging now for four years and have never missed a post. I think I just hold myself accountable even though I know my readers would be okay with it. I also didn’t want to post just to post.

    My mind wasn’t working at full capacity but I was so overwhelmed at the outpouring of support that the post came easily for me. What better to write about then how awesome my community is and how supportive they’ve been during this horrible time in my life.

    They’ve helped me get through these past few weeks so I wanted to get back to my normal schedule. I know this isn’t exactly the same thing as just never coming up with ideas or having so many you can’t put them into words. I know I’ve been lost for the right words at times but I don’t put a lot of pressure on me and wait till the last minute to write my post either.

    I love your steps though and I know that pretty much everyone can relate. I just hope it happens fewer and fewer times for everyone.

    ~Adrienne

    • Gary says:

      Hey Adrienne,

      You definitely would have had a good excuse not to post, yet you still wrote one of excellent quality.
      There are so many people who are glad you did.
      Everyday something happens to tell me what a helpful caring community that we are a part of and it makes me proud.
      I am glad you liked my steps and really appreciate you stopping by.

      Thank you so much.

      Gary

      P.S. Hope you don’t mind me asking this question, I am intrigued to know, If you don’t call it writers block, What do you call it?

  5. Susan Neal says:

    Hi Gary,

    This is a great post and I now feel very mean for the tweet I posted about this, suggesting writer’s block is just an excuse for not getting down to work! 700 words is pretty amazing for someone who thinks they’ve hit a road block – well done πŸ™‚

    I do think the term “writer’s block” can be abused, though, and treated as though it’s some kind of disease over which a writer has no control. As you’ve outlined in this post, there are lots of things we can do to prevent or overcome it.

    I like the way you’ve identified some possible causes – having too many ideas and being unable to make a decision about what to focus on is certainly something I’ve experienced, but I don’t think I’ve ever regarded that as a total ‘block’ – more just something that holds me up and makes producing my content more time-consuming.

    I think if you’re really stuck for something to write, that’s the time to get away from the blank page or blank screen and go do something else, or read something.

    I find making sure I write every day is one of the best ways to keep the inspiration and ideas flowing. Like any skill, writing improves and gets easier the more you practise it. If nothing else, I now always write in a daily journal – it’s sometimes rubbish, just a personal record of thoughts, ideas, experiences etc. – I regard it as my writing play-pen, where I can write freely, without editing and without worrying about an audience. I think having some ‘free writing’ spells, where you just let it all hang out, is a great way to release your muse.

    Thanks for an interesting and helpful post, Gary,

    Sue

    • Gary says:

      Hi Sue,
      I did not get the feeling that you were being mean. Just straight to the point.
      This is sometimes the kick up the butt that some people need to prevent them from making excuses and just getting things done.

      I believe any feedback will make us stronger and help us to improve so it is always appreciated.
      I really like what you are doing with your journal. It is fantastic and something that I imagine will always keep you fresh and full of ideas.
      I am sure it is similar to a brain dump and helps to get everything down on to paper to give a clear head ready for the next task.

      Thank you so much for your contributions as they are appreciated

      Gary

  6. Sue Price says:

    Hi Gary

    This is a great article. I think most of us have suffered from it at some time. I have had a couple of times in the past 12 months when I could not get inspired to write. One was when I lost my almost 17 year old dog and then when my Dad passed away.
    I too had help from my blogging mates.

    I often get inspired to write by what someone has said on Facebook and I get that “oh I am going to blog on that” idea.

    When I started blogging I did not even know who my target market was or who I was writing for. It is much easier when you are clear on that one.

    A great post Gary.

    Sue

  7. Gary says:

    Hi Sue,
    It is difficult to get inspired when we are having challenging times in our lives.
    It is important that we have support to carry us through them & I have found that there is definitely a strong community spirit among bloggers.
    Thank you for your input.
    Gary

  8. Susan Velez says:

    I too have suffered from writer’s block. When I do I usually wait another day to write the post. I know that this can be a difficult thing to do, especially, if you write a blog post everyday.

    You have some great tips on how to overcome it. Maybe the next time I am struggling to write something, I will implement some of them.

    I used to post on a daily schedule, now I have cut back to like 2-3 posts per week. It works much better for me.

  9. Gary says:

    Hey there Susan,
    I am glad that you like the tips I used to overcome writer’s block myself.
    I have not been online for a while as I have been focusing on an offline part of my business that needed some attention.
    Thankfully I am getting on top of it now and freeing up more of my time.
    Thank you for your comment
    Gary

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