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How To Overcome Writer's Block


How To Overcome Writer's Block

For Wikipedia, writer's block is "a condition primarily associated with typing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work." Wiki also says that this has been a documented problem throughout history that affected even established writers.

For Blissful Snapshots, writer's block is a condition where one just stares at a blank computer screen for what seems like forever without batting her eyelashes. Sounds familiar? It sure is.

I guess for some people it does not exist but for the rest (like me), it does. "If you really want to be a writer and you love to write, you have to claim it and tell yourself I am a writer, here and now." -- I've read that from Goins Writer, a blog about writing that I've been following for quite some time now. I've always thought of myself as a writer ever since grade school -- but maybe I just have to claim it louder, say it louder and be more confident about it.

They say that when you love what you're doing, things would just be easy for you. Not necessarily. Because the truth is, even when I love what I'm doing, there are just some trying times when I need to think harder.

A lot has already been said and published about the reasons of writer's block but today, I am going to drill down into the most common reasons as they apply to me, and maybe to you too. Here are 4 reasons why writer's block exists and some things I've attempted and tried to overcome it -- this, without checking Wikipedia, et. al. 

REASON 1: ANXIETY & STRESS

Physical, emotional, or mental stress and something to that effect always makes me down. Although I'm known to have grace under pressure, I find that when I'm extremely tired and stressed, I couldn't write or think well. Or maybe I can but it's just "I am so tired right now I don't even know what I'm talking about blah blah blah..."

Not a lot of people would really want to read blah blah blah from a website right? I wouldn't want to rant on my blog because I want it to have a positive atmosphere all the time.

What I do REST. Our body and soul need some time to meditate and reflect too. If they're too pre-occupied, chances are we won't be able to write or publish something fresh and sensible. 

REASON 2: TIME CONSTRAINTS

How To Overcome Writer's Block

Back in college, I could seriously write a term paper while drinking with my friends a day before deadline and still get an A+. That was easy huh? But with blogging, there's a whole lot of people and audience that may come across what we write, right?

And this is not to say that we're purely trying to impress them. Readers deserve to read something of value. After all, they're taking some time to read and see what we have to say. So if I feel that I'm time-pressured because I still have a lot of other things to do, most likely, I won't be able to write anything at all.

What I do: Self-management, which I struggle at sometimes. I usually just try to stick to my writing schedule -- one that best fits my lifestyle, one where I won't be able to compromise quality.

REASON 3: LACK OF INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION 

What inspires and motivates you to blog or write? Me? I get inspired when I see my husband and son happy. When my husband and I get into a big fight, I simply couldn't write.. period. I wouldn't want to write the details of our fight either so it's best to remain silent at times.

YOU also inspire me. Yes you, if you're reading this. I'm always thrilled to know if there's even one single soul who gets to read my blog and actually says something about it. It's a writer's bliss.


What I do: A happy mom and wife equals a happy life equals motivation and inspiration. :) Go out there and explore. Inspiration doesn't have to be limited to our family only, there are a lot of people who can inspire us in so many ways, may it be our favorite celebrity or blogger, favorite person or famous personality, whoever! 

REASON 4: LACK OF TOPICS TO WRITE ABOUT 

How To Overcome Writer's Block

Yes, I've been there. Have you been there too? How could we write if there's simply nothing to write about? True, there are a lot of topics out there but the challenge is how to make these topics interesting and unique. I don't go out much these days and sometimes, I find myself running out of topics to blog about. That actually happens.

What I do: Read more blogs. Some blogs actually give writing prompts and ideas to write about and they get me going. Step back, relax, and go out. Observe the world. There are surely a lot of things worth talking about. 

There you go folks! Those are my top 4 reasons. Occasionally, we may experience this dreaded writer's block but don't fret, let's look around us. The world is interesting enough, we just need to discover it. 

Now, I'd love to hear from you too. Have you experienced writer's block? If so, what are some of the reasons and how did you overcome them? :)
  

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