Got that good ol' writers block?
I am not an expert, I do not know it all, but I do love to write and find it to be something that tends to come to me naturally with a few little tricks for those tough days! So, I am going to share my experience with some of you so that maybe, just maybe instead of writers block, you can find that brilliant post you have been trying so desperately to write!
My love for writing started when I was a young kid, and I wrote endless "chapter books" and stories that my parents graciously listened to over and over. Believe me, my mom has the plastic tub of stories in her garage to prove it! I am not a professional writer, I am not the most brilliant writer. I do not always use perfect grammar (although I try) and what I write may not always click with every reader who comes across it. However, what I do know is how to get around writers block and find that one thing that helps me spark a thought or idea to write something.
- MUSIC! This is one of my favorite ways to get my motivation to write and it sometimes just occurs so naturally. I typically do not sit in front of a computer and put on music because the pressure of writing something great is still there. So instead I put on music and clean, rearrange my furniture, do laundry, whatever I need to be doing. I do this alone, let my thoughts wander, and typically before too long I have an idea for writing. I typically put on the style of music for the mood I want my posts to portray as well. Upbeat music for my Sunday motivations, slower music for more serious posts, etc.
- THE PARK! For me, the park is one of the best places for me to think and one of the best places to spark memories either of childhood, bbq's, time with my kids, etc. Now, for me, even if this is not the kind of post or writing I am looking to do; it is amazing how a walk down memory lane can give you that push to want to spill thoughts and ideas on to paper.
- DRIVE! Who else's mind wanders the most on the drive to work in the morning on or the way home? Me! So I turn off the radio, drive and let my mind wander. This works with a walk alone (I got one of my best ideas walking to the mailbox once) also. Our minds are brilliant all on their own and sometimes it is our own interference that is the problem!
- TALK TO YOURSELF! okay, okay I am not a crazy lady! However I do think that most people struggle with writing just because they have the added pressure of it being just that- writing. We get the idea that there are good writers and bad writers, and we struggle to let go of that idea to produce quality content full of our own personality and voice. So, talk to yourself and record it. I bet you come up with something awesome when you take away the stress of writing it down!
Please believe me when I say that these are not the only ways to send writers block packing! These are just some of the ways I can count on every single time to help me through a funk! We are asked so many times here at WA to write content, and I would hate to see anyone give up just because they think they are bad writers.
Everyting you write, whether gramerically correct or not, is YOUR voice! That is the point of blogging! People should get to know YOU! Nothing that comes out of your head and lands in a blog post is bad writing as long as it came from you!