Writer’s Block?

We often hear about writer’s block over here in our blogger community. It’s something that scares us, maybe even haunts us.

I never really faced writer’s block. I was never at the point where I felt I simply have nothing to put on paper. But there were times, when I just felt the words would not flow out my fingers that easily. Times, I thought I could not really express what I wanted to. Days, on which my posts seemed empty.

That’s when you need to reconsider. Consider that it might be a different issue. That it actually has nothing to do with writer’s block but more likely be linked to another “issue”.

When you start blogging you sort of have an idea what you want to write about. You are full of these posts, the words you want to bring on paper, the stories you want to tell. And most likely you write about something specific. And then it happens. And this brings me to a comment I recently left on someone’s post. A post about having issues with putting in thoughts in words:

“I totally get what you are saying and here’s my take: I think while we kind of have a plan when we start blogging the blog evolves over time. And so do we. This is a good thing but it is tricky at the same time. Tricky because what felt so easy to write about doesn’t necessarily fit the blog any longer. That’s why the words don’t flow the same way. I believe we all get there.”

I continued with saying that I had an incredibly difficult time myself coming up with content that actually made me happy in February and March and not because there was nothing happening in my life (there was so much going on then…) but because I couldn’t find the right way to put it in the appropriate words. I suddenly felt my posts were empty. But the feedback was different. People still liked my posts. They didn’t think they were empty. So what was it really?

I think the issue is a different one. Writer’s Block has many faces. In my case it was a rather simple one. While I thought I wouldn’t find the right words to tell the story I thought needs to be told on my blog, it was actually about my blog. It was about the fact that my blog is developing on a daily base. About the fact that different things inspire and move me compared to when I started because my life is going on too. I, too, change and evolve, just like my blog. So in the end it’s all about accepting this fact and realizing where to go next.

Everything is just slowly taking shape and I believe that if we let it, we will get back to the place we started. Where the words will flow out of our fingers and onto the screen, just the way they used to do…

14 thoughts on “Writer’s Block?

  1. Yes, yes, yes. We all get there. And I absolutely agree with you that if you can’t find the words, maybe it’s because you’re trying to tell the ‘wrong’ story for you at this moment.

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  2. I think for me it is less writers block and more motivation block. It can be hard, between work and family, to carve out time to write when all you want to do is vegetate.

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    • Definitely. I often wonder if I constantly write the same stuff… But it’s usually in a phase I don’t get to read much of the other blogs. I find they offer me ideas on a regular base.

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  3. It is interesting. I experienced the same. When I think that this or that post is not feeling as deep as others, they often even turn out as my best ones to tell from the feedback. When I don’t know what to write about, I simply start typing and after a paragraph or two I am in the midst of the subject… of course I delete the first paragraphs again…. haha!

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  4. Love this…as usual!
    Before stating this blog, I had another one. It was on a very popular topic and guess what? I hated it. I was miserable. I put in countless hours and got VERY little feedback. I did that for 4 months. Then i quit. Deleted that blog and did some serious thinking.
    It took another 3 months for me to work out all the thoughts in my head about what I wanted to blog about and how I could actually do that. I read a lot about blogging and while I agree with most of the experts as far as finding your niche and what not. I found that one common bit of advice did not work for me. Time and again I read that I should plan my posts out, a week…or even a month in advance. I can’t do it. I tried. I would sit down with my topic all planned and nothing…i mean nothing….would come to mind. Finally one day I threw caution to the wind and just wrote a post about what I was thinking about that day..it got more recognition and attention than any of my other post at that point.
    I have a general schedule now, but I don’t box myself into a specific post.
    I think when we are fighting to write something, and we just can’t, it won’t read as authentic. It changes the tone, even if we don’t mean for it to.

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    • I don’t have a schedule at all (well, besides the Picks Of The Week). I can’t do with planned posts. It just doesn’t work. I sometimes write multiple posts a day because it just happens and then choose the one I find matches the day the most to post and schedule the others. But I can’t do a blogging schedule. It doesn’t work for me at all. I feel limited. I have my photo challenges I often join, I have other challenges I try to take part in on a regular base but I don’t plan them on certain days. They happen when I feel like it.

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