It has gotten to me too. That thing called writer’s block. I have thought about it often, read about it even more. So many bloggers experience it. This lack of inspiration or ideas. I wondered when it would struck, if it would at all get to me too. It did. So I figured that I share a couple of my thoughts about it today. Together with a post from a while back as a Blast Of The Past.
For weeks now I struggle with the usual flow of ideas and words and I don’t really know how to tackle it. At least I know where it’s coming from, so that’s a start. It’s not the lack of ideas. It’s not the lack of inspiration. It’s my brain being occupied with other things that weigh heavy on me at the moment.
I do have ideas but if I’m not quick enough to write them down or even write the post they disappear in the jungle of other thoughts about those issues I’m dealing with currently. Those thoughts simply take over and push everything else so far back in my mind that it almost gets lost.
I know that once everything is solved those cloudy thoughts will disappear and leave room for everything else again. Until then I need to make sure I try to keep them in check and make an effort to find the other thoughts, pull them out from their little corner and nurture them. After all, writing gives me enough pleasure to make this effort.
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…