Writer’s block – how to beat it!
Writer’s block is pants! For some I suppose it can be terminal but it certainly is not nice. As those of you who are regular readers here will know, I’ve taken up the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, run by Sarah Arrow. It is a way to build your blogging muscles so that you can write regularly. Well today is Day 22 and I’m stuck. I’ve hit that wall and the mind is empty of ideas and the spirit flagging to get going.
So, as all experienced writers advised, write about what you know so here is my list of what to do when writer’s block descends.
I’m not good at planning really despite loving a list. I write things on it but find sticking to it difficult. When I started the challenge, planning was THE piece of advice was to plan. To try to get myself into the routine I’ve created a very pretty calendar and am using my coloured pens but I am still missing some topics. We were away for a few days and I got all my post scheduled so that I did not miss a day, so I do know the benefit of planning – honest!
Stick to the plan
Seems logical but as I have explained above, having plan does not get the writing done. you have to build in a routine so that writing at a certain time becomes second nature. Apparently, it takes an average 21 days for a habit to be embedded so I suppose I’m at the optimum time where it could go either way. It is important to remember that you need to train yourself to make it a habit so have reminders around or get your partner to give you that encouragement.
Change the surroundings
I have found that I am ready to write but don’t know what to write about and that writer’s block is well and truly established. At these times, I have found going out, usually with hubby, can break that blockage and the Muse will return.
Visit other posts
My writing at the moment is on a blog and I have found inspiration from reading some of my ‘back catalogue’ and from visiting other blogs. You are not likely to be in a position where you are the only one ever to have written about that subject so go and take a look.
Write when the Muse is with you
If you are like me and you get times when you feel you could write all day, do so. Well get as much writing done as possible. Build up some copy to ‘put in the bank’ for those times when she is nowhere to be seen.
Obviously, this is a challenge that needs me to write every day but apart from that there is no pressure. For those who earn money from blogging it must be hard but I think you do have your topics given so maybe it is not so difficult to think of things to write about. for me it is like getting supper. I’m happy to cook it but can someone else give me an idea of what to cook!