Over Coming Writers Block

United States
October 13, 2008 1:12pm CST
I blog and write articles on fitness mostly. I also write articles on ther things as well, but lately I haven't been able to write too much of anything. Even updating my blog has become a bit difficult. It seems that I have a bad case of writers block that I just can't seem to get through. Do any of you experience writer's block? How to you over come it?
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@patgalca (15166)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Oct 08
I have read a lot on this topic and the truth is there is no such thing as writer's block. The experts say you either have "fear" of success or, like me, you are procrastinating. I have tons of ideas to write about but I don't want to start another short story or novel until the ones I am working on are finished. And since I am procrastinating on my editing, I'm not doing anything. At first I considered it writer's block but as time goes by I know I am just procrastinating. There are ideas everywhere if you keep your eyes and ears open. I got one idea from an episode of Dr. Phil. I have heard others have too. Stories in the newspaper or even eavesdropping on people's conversations when out in public can also help with ideas. When I went to an event where I listened to and met a couple of authors, I reported back about it to the writing board I frequent. Someone said I should write a review. Ta-da! I sat down and wrote an article and published it on Triond. Next year I will query my newspaper in advance of the event, take notes and pictures and write a REAL article. Events in every day life can prompt a story or article if you just pay attention. Good luck!
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• United States
13 Oct 08
You don't have to call it writer's block, but it's possible to simply get tired and burned out from writing. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with lack of ideas, and it certainly has nothing to do with "fear of success, whatever that is. Success is a very subjective thing, and may not even be a motivation for some people. When I can't write, I usually can't do much of anything else, either. I have enough ideas to keep me busy for a lifetime, with new ones always coming along. But there are still times when I just can't write. Sometimes I wait until that passes and I'm energized again, and sometimes it helps to sit down and do free writing without any goal or even a subject. It may sound good to say there's no such thing as writer's block, but I doubt most writers would agree.
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have tons of ideas....it's just to flesh them out on paper. Maybe it's just procrastination,or being tired, not fear of success. I never heard that there was no such thing as writer's block. That's very intresting and good to know! Thank you.
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• United Kingdom
17 Oct 08
That's interesting! I have just had an article published and it was based on fitness. This article was published with Neowild. Anyway, I must admit, at times I find it really difficult to write, I just don't know what to write about and the ideas are just not flowing! I guess there's always something to write about though. I think I read somewhere how you should constantly write, no matter what it is. If it's pointless, it doesn't matter, just write it down and get it out of your mind. You can then return to it and make any changes! I think that the rule of the game is to just keep on writing, even if it relates to gobledygook! I too keep a blog, although I'm having trouble keeping it up to date. Good luck with your writing and I hope that you overcome the infamous writer's block, I'm sure that you will. Andrew
• United States
17 Oct 08
Thank you! Actually, today I finished writing a proposal and an article! So, I'm pretty happy about that! I also have a fitness article published with Neowide. I mostly use Triond.com...but I need to submit so material to Neowide as well....back to work...LOL. :) Have a great day.
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I tend to get Writer's Block when I am bored, frustrated, or annoyed. And in some cases, it seems like I have "bursts" of creativity, where I write a LOT, and what I write I would consider "good", "excellent", etc., and then, it is like I have used all of it up. And then I have nothing, it is like I have gone dry. And I don't know what to do. And then one day it just comes back. I guess because I have "rested" and restored my brain waves. *LOL* Sometimes, I just do freewriting exercises. This is where you just write down whatever comes into your mind, no matter how silly or nonsensical it seems. One time I had flu-like symptoms and ended up writing a poem about how sick I was, and that was all it took to start feeling creative again! *LOL* Not that I am recommending getting sick with the flu in order to start feeling creative again! *LOL* ;) Anyway, that is just my experience. :)
• United States
16 Oct 08
:) I totally understand!! I tend to have *burts* of insperation and write for hours....and then there is nothing after that. And then there are times when I have great ideas but can't put into words and then there are time when I just start writing with no real direction. I use to do free association writing and brain storming and things like that....buts it's been so long since I have done them and honestly feel a bit silly, even though I know they work. Maybe I will give a try. Thanks a lot for your comment!!
@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Whenever I suffer from writer's block or just plain burnout, I usually take a break. If possible, I try to make it a short break. After all, the less articles I write, the less money I make. What helps for me is going for a walk or listening to music. Lol, this will seem really silly, but I usually just put my headphones on for about 15 mintues, close out the world and sometimes dance in the middle of my living room. It is a great way to unwind and not think about writing for a few minutes. That helps me overcome writer's block.
@paid2write (5202)
14 Oct 08
There are some days I can't think of anything to blog about, so I will leave it for another day, or use the opportunity to review something, or comment on what someone else has written, and add a link to their site or article. I usually write articles on given topics, or to specific assignments, so I don't have the problem of thinking up a subject to write about. I know from a title or publishers guidelines whether I can research the subject, or it's something I have knowledge of, and can write about. I never think I have to write something today and I don't know what to write. I just keep writing every day, even if its only responses to discussions at myLot! .