When Writer’s Block Hits Like A Punch In The Face

15 Jul

Blogging always used to be my thing. You know, everyone has one. You might be a flicky eyeliner sort or a guy who always wears a suit jacket, and I was always the girl with the words.

As a kid I had words but I didn’t know how to share them; I was quiet around strangers and poured thoughts into stories and poems rather than shooting words into the breeze. As I got older I discovered the power of the pen, and later, the keyboard, and you haven’t shut me up since.

But recently the words dried up. I’m not sure if it was one thing or a series of little things piling up like bricks in a wall, but my fingers slowed on the keys and the words seem harder to write. I start, I stop, I delete, I start again. And then I sack it off and do something else.

I got tired. I lost my flow.

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But writing was always something that I enjoyed; an outlet from a busy day or a way of making heads or tails of life. And I kinda miss it. I’ve been trying to get back into the swing again and post more regularly, take more photographs and think more about what I want to say, to start sharing again.

And I totally notice the difference it makes. Gone are the days when thousands of people used to visit my blog – now my old faithful’s are the only ones that return on the sporadic occasions I write. I miss the thrill of stats checking and talking to new people, but it has really helped me to understand the people out there who I can rely on and who generally care about what I write. So thanks, and you all know who you are!

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The sun shines down on London like we finally got taken off the naughty step and were allowed back in the garden, and I’m making the most of it. I’m on a health kick ready for a holiday in a few weeks and we all know that when the weather is sunny my outlook is too.

Watch this space!

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13 Responses to “When Writer’s Block Hits Like A Punch In The Face”

  1. josierenae July 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I agree! I have had those spurts of not writing b/c of one thing or another. But I’m also trying to get back into blogging on a regular basis…

  2. twindaddy July 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ll come back every time your write, Tink. I like your style.

  3. Sandra Bell Kirchman July 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I know only too well the pain of writer’s block. Although there is no known cure for it, there are things you can do to mitigate the impact.

    1. First of all, remember that you are not writing for other people, you are writing for yourself. That takes the pressure off that you HAVE TO WRITE. Just write for you.

    2. Next, make a time every day for even 15 minutes, that is your writing time or your time to sit in front of your computer and look at your blank screen. Whatever you do, do NOT check your email, file your fingernails, examine your makeup in your desk mirror, nap, etc. Use this time for writing or at least being ready to write.

    3. Write about things that are of interest to you. Don’t worry if these writings make sense, are fill the required quota of at least 600 words. Write as little or as much as you want. Just remember to stay there for the allotted time.

    4. File all these little writings. One day, use your writing time to read over this stuff and see if there is any link. You might be surprised to find it is not bad stuff and possibly even publishable. Or not. It doesn’t matter…you wrote it for you, remember?

    5. Don’t despair. Just take the pressure off. And continue your 15 minutes, writing your thoughts, your feelings, things of interest that have happened or are going to happen, funny behavior of friends, family and pets. Whatever rings your chimes.

    6. Keep on writing in your writing time. You are definitely worth 15 minutes of your day to devote just to you and your love of words.

    Good luck!

    *hug*

  4. prenin July 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Sandra is right hun! 🙂

    Write for the fun of it or not as you please – I’ll still be ready to catch your posts and I’m sure to enjoy them! 🙂

    Love and hugs Tinkerbubbles!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

  5. ksbeth July 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I’ll be watching )

  6. philosophermouseofthehedge July 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Really, it’s not writer’s block, it’s writer’s simmer…all that stuff is lurking and reorganizing in there, but your brain just hasn’t told you yet – it is requiring either visual input to congeal thoughts or is tired of you snatching ideal it wasn’t quite ready to let loose….brains are a jealous type…maybe missing some of that kid’s quiet time when thought were just between the two of you. Sun and outdoors is probably just what’s needed to make those brainy cells release. Go. Run. Play. Make that brain so happy it spills the goods.
    (The naughty step! Those must be everywhere – how funny!)

  7. mamanne July 16, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    I totally understand! I blogged daily (on a different site) for quite awhile, had high “stats”, was, well, the equivalent of “freshly pressed” there … and now, on here, I write sporadically and about nothing really – well, relevant! I don’t know why I did or why I don’t… but it’s okay. 🙂

  8. Redneckprincess July 16, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    Well I certainly have missed you, I love your humor, your spunk and your outlook on pretty much everything, and holy damn, could that little dash hound be ANY cuter…I think not. I will keep checking in whenever you find the words xoxoxo

    • tinkerbelle86 July 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      I know, I want an army of them. I’m not sure my landlord (or housemate for that matter) feels the same….

  9. Is Everyone an Idiot but Me? July 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I know how you feel, I’ve gone through long periods where I feel I just have nothing to say. But it will come back!

  10. Nutrition Dream July 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I know how you feel. I had a writers block for more than two months :(. Moreover, I realized how I missed the great aspects of blogging, writing and sharing photos. Thanks for sharing, this made my day 🙂

  11. 1stpeaksteve July 18, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Thousands visiting my blog…Hmmmm…I can’t wait for that to happen!

    Anyway, glad to see you return with a writing vengeance! I know the feeling though. I go through periods in which the writing only comes in drips and drabs. Sometimes I feel it is better to just wait it out as compared to churning something out with no feeling. I think the faithful readers can tell when they are being fed a cheap substitute.

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