Is It Writer's Block?
August 3, 2010 10:15am CST
Since I was a young girl I've always kept a journal. When computers became fashionable I moved my journal from a note book to my computer. I've started a couple of blogs and I've written articles for our local newspaper and children's stories. I've decided it's time to branch out and do some freelance writing. My problem is as soon as I sit down to actually put an article together I go blank. I'm not sure whether it's writer's block or fear of being published and rejected. Maybe I'm just afraid I have nothing to say of any interest to anyone else. Has anyone else gone through this and how did you finally come to terms with it? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
• Lubbock, Texas
3 Aug 10
Writers block can be caused by all the reasons you suggest. When you can't seem to get coherent thoughts into the computer, pick up your notebook and pen and write whatever comes into your mind. It doesn't have to make sense, it doesn't have to be related words. Just let your mind pour out onto the paper. Go back later and see if an idea will form from the random words you wrote. If words won't come, just start scrolling, making circles like they used to teach us to do to get the feel of cursive writing. Make it a habit to spend an allotted amount of time each morning to "journal". You might be surprised what opens up.
3 Aug 10
Thank you for the pointers. One statement you made really stands out. I've always been one to put pen to paper but I was trying to save time by going directly to the computer. Hmmmmmm. I think maybe I'm going to go back to my old world ways and write it all down first. It's an extra step but if it works for me, it's exactly what I should be doing.
8 Aug 10
Hi beaddoodler. I like your suggestions. I will try that out. I have also experienced several occasions having a writer's block. There are times when I just simply write and unable to complete the whole article. I get distracted by some other things around me. I'd like to go back to each one of them and hopefully I can finish them before I even stand up and start doing some other things.