Writing Tips

Overcoming Writer’s Block – “Work” (3)

As noted in the introductory blog, “5 Reasons Behind Writer’s Block,” there are several reasons why writers are often prevented from writing. The six primary reasons include:

  • Lack of Time to Write
  • Sickness
  • Work
  • Lack of Creativity
  • Home Responsibilities
  • ***Fear***

The first step to overcoming Writer’s Block comes from the need to discover why the writer is blocked in the first place. Once you have establish the why you can work on how to move forward.

Work = Journal

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Hey there Workaholics! (You know who you are). Are you finding it difficult to write when you are working over 60 hours a week? Of course you are! Because working that much is insane. However, if you are unwilling to lower the hours you work, I think I still might have a handy tip for you.

  • Keep a Journal. This does not have to be some fancy thing with multi-colored pens (although those are fun too). It can be as simple as a five inch spiral notebook and a number 2 pencil.
  • By keeping a small journal on you (in your pocket, in your purse, in your laptop bag, whatever, as long as it’s within reach) you can immediately use it when inspiration strikes.
  • Maybe you won’t have a lot of time (see post on lack of time), but with a journal, you can catch a minute here and a minute there to jot down your ideas before they slip away.

Eventually, you will need to also address the lack of time issue (but that is another post that you can check out here). Working is important, supporting yourself is crucial, but don’t let your work strangle your creativity. Find ways to circumvent your circumstances.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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18 thoughts on “Overcoming Writer’s Block – “Work” (3)”

  1. I call my “writer’s block,” fear. Because for me, when I can’t think of anything, it’s easy to just give up, but you have to write past it.

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    1. Hey there Reggie, you’re so right! A lot of people actually relate writer’s block with personal fear! That’s why I ended up adding it on to this mini-series! Hopefully I’ll be able to give some advice on the matter but you’re on the right path of “pushing through.”

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      1. So I’m not the only one? Awesome! This is such a cool idea for a series. I’m definitely going to have to read the rest now.
        And you gave me some advice that I’m sure I will need!

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  2. This is my problem. I don’t have enough time in between work to actually jot something down. Whether it’s during break time at work or the weekends if I’m not working overtime, I’m too tired to sit down and write because of all the things that I need to take care of that I didn’t get to during the weekdays. I rarely get any writing done. If I am able to write something, I feel like it’s not my best because I’m rushing or half of me is alseep.

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      1. Thank you, Kayla Ann! I’ve been wallowing in my own writer’s block that I forgot to write. Maybe I should do one of those automatic writing, at least I think that’s what you call it. It’s where you just write whatever comes to mind and it doesn’t have to make sense.

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        1. Oh yes, a great idea! I’ve also heard of it as “free-flow” writing because you allow your thoughts to flow freely from your mind 🙂 do that for 2 minutes and then try to transform it into a poem. Who knows 🙂

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  3. I like to use a voice recorder app on my phone. If I get a story idea I can dictate the thought to myself and work on the idea when time permits. I like the journal idea, but I might lose it. Next best is a digital journal. I’m thinking Google KEEP or EverNote. Both sync to computers, phones, and tablets. Hard to lose and always available to log ideas.

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    1. What an interesting idea! I’m not a big fan of listening to recordings of my voice (too self-conscious I guess) but it is a great idea!
      If you have an iPhone you can also use the “Notes” app on your phone 👍🏻

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