Writer’s Block: NaBloPoMo

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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.

“Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.

8 Comments

  1. Great advice and yes it’s very important to read a variety as well as write for the inspiration factor. If I get writers block I stop trying and do something completely unrelated that usually helps x

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      Thanks! Yes, that’s a good point. Sometimes inspiration comes from an unexpected place. 🙂

  2. Impower You – Healing through art & therapy! I used to be depressed and codependent with very low self worth and many unhealthy habits. But several years ago I started the healing process and am sharing what I learned with gratitude and hope for each of us. Peace & hugs, Leah
    Impower You says:

    When I get blocked I like to read articles or books by my favorite writers for inspiration. Other times I just step away from my tablet and notebook for a few days which causes me to crave writing again.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      I agree. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a little bit. 🙂

      1. Impower You – Healing through art & therapy! I used to be depressed and codependent with very low self worth and many unhealthy habits. But several years ago I started the healing process and am sharing what I learned with gratitude and hope for each of us. Peace & hugs, Leah
        Impower You says:

        🙂

  3. Found your blog through one of the NaBloPoMo feeds! Writer’s Block is awful. I’ve been struggling lately with it, but I discovered HubPages and have found a lot of inspiration and ideas there.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂 Good luck with ridding yourself of writer’s block

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