Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
After I had my second daughter, I didn’t really write very often. After my divorce, I wrote even less. I was trying to keep it together – raise two kids and go to work. I didn’t make time for writing.
Then I didn’t write because I didn’t want my ex-boyfriend to read it. He would’ve made me feel stupid for writing. It wouldn’t matter if it was good or not.
I didn’t write for several years. Once in awhile, I would be tempted and then I would talk myself out of it. At some point, I decided to not listen to the voices that said not to write. (They weren’t actual voices. Just negative thoughts.)
Since then I have new writing habits. I write every day. It’s not important if it’s great. It matters that I’m writing something. Whatever I write about could eventually lead to a new idea.
I also read a lot. It’s important to read other blogs, the newspaper or whatever book interests you. Good readers are usually good writers. If nothing else, it will keep your mind sharp. This is the second time the I’ve written this particular post. The first draft has been lost in space. Since I remember most of what I wrote, it was kind of easy to redo it. I’m not thrilled about losing a post but it happens.
There are two journals that I write in. One is for regular writing and blog ideas. The other journal has a list of questions that I use for interviews. Occasionally, it comes in handy.
Tips for writers?
1. Write every day
2. Read a lot.
3. Keep a journal. Maybe two
4. Say no to negative thoughts. Write anyway.