Sorry for the silence around here. During the last few days I’ve been very busy with university, moving and finding someone who wants to rent my current room. It’s my last semester at University or I at least hope so which means the end spurt takes all my energy as well as the fact that I’m moving in with my sister and we are both already counting the days till we finally start setting up the furniture, moving boxes and get settled in. This is the time when I stay up late, planning on how to decorate my room, while I should do some research for a paper I’ve to do for university. And even though I try to make room for writing posts and keep my blog up and running it’s difficult to not get distracted again. But the biggest problem I’ve been facing during the last few days is a very nasty writer s block. Find out how I got over it in today’s Confessions of a Blogger post.
First things first, this happens to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a highly talented journalist, a self-employed blogger or just doing it for fun. If you write on a daily basis you gonna have to face this problem every once in a while. If you had a week, a month or probably several months in a row were every post, every article has been a work of art it could be depressing sitting in front of your computer typing and then realizing that what you wrote is crap, or you don’t even know how to start. I currently had to face this worst nightmare of a blogger because there is so much on my mind right now. On the one hand I’m in my last semester at University, which means I’m drowning in work and on the other one I’m moving in with my sister next week which is great but I am still looking for someone nice to rent my old room in Vienna. This stress is what probably caused my writer s block, but as I’m already a veteran when it comes to writing, I overcame it very easily with this step-by-step ritual, which I now want to share with you:
1st, take a step back!
This first step is definitely the most important one because forcing something to happen often makes it even worst. It is true to so many things in life but especially when it comes to writing one has to be patient and if your mind is blank not even the greatest ambition will help to get rid of that problem. So take a step back, take a break, go outside and meet with friends. Leave everything that stresses you out behind and try to get your mind off it too. It might take some time but after this slowdown you gonna be able to work more efficient and faster.
2nd, look for inspiration!
There are many kinds of writer’s blocks. Some are just about words themselves but the worst kind is when you even don’t know what to write about. Now one has to hunt for inspiration. After facing many different kinds of writer’s blocks already I found out that best strategy against a mayor lack of inspiration is to take your time for reading your favorite blogs and maybe even some you have stopped following a long time ago. It is often a great inspiration to see what other bloggers have been doing during the last months or even years, how they developed and what are their current topics. Even reading blogs from a whole other category could be a great boost of inspiration, because you can get another view on what you have been doing so far and probably find alternative approach.
3rd, get organized!
Being organized is what will break down the invisible wall and will get you back into the flow of writing like a pro. This applies to your ideas as well as to your workspace. When I have a tidy room, a tidy desk, it’s like a kick of motivation that shouldn’t be underestimated. Then I normally sit down and start making a list of all topic I want to cover in the next weeks. I plan what kind of pictures would be appropriate for the individual articles, or if I already have pictures I try to find a suitable topic for them. After my list is packed with all the ideas I got through my research I open my calendar and try to get them into a nice order and write down when I want to post them and when the post has to be ready.
4th, take a deep breath and start writing again!
Start off with the topic you like the most, find out what you want to say, maybe even take down notes and ideas on how to structure the article and find a catchy headline. Then pound out what’s on your mind and just let it flow. Feels good, doesn’t it? 🙂 After writing again and especially when the post turns out to be great work I get this extra kick of motivation and just can’t help myself but writing another on. But then I’ve to be careful that I don’t force myself to write another one because then the circle would start again, so I take a step back and focus on something else on my mind like my new apartment or university. But a tough nut of crack has been removed from my mind, the crisis is over and I’m back to normal.
I hope this 4-steps of how to overcome a writer s block are helpful and if you are facing this problem yourself someday you try it and tell me if it helped you.
Do you have your own way of coping with a writer s block?