I’m sure people have talked about this subject before, but when you write for the pleasure of writing, like I do, you kind of wing it. However when I’m given a request to write for a specific or even unspecific reason but a due date…. I can’t think of ONE darn thing to write about.
I thought this was going to be easier, as I’m use to writing. I’ve written papers for college classes with little problems, usually doing pretty well. However this time, because I started this month-long Maximize your Blog workshop all my ideas have fled my brain. I fear this will be the case for the other workshop I’d like to take and also for NaNoWriMo coming up in November.
I’ve taken to carrying a journal with me for notes on blog post ideas, novel ideas, photography, art, and basically anything creative that comes to mind. But since I started bringing it with me I haven’t put anything in it. It’s very discouraging.
I’ve read various blogs and articles about writing, writing prompts, and such but nothing has clicked with me. I cannot seem to pull something out of nothing. Even though I’ve been praised for doing just that before. It really makes you think about what you have to say and how worthy it is to someone else or even yourself. A whole plethora of questions comes to mind when I contemplate writing… Is this what I really want to do? Do I want to do enough of this to get paid for it? Will I do it well enough to get paid for it? Is this just a hobby or should I peruse it further? Why do I ask and stress over so many questions?
I read about others who have the same issue. Then I write about my dilemma. When I sat down to write about anything today (at the last-minute) I had no clue what direction this was going to go in. It has helped relieve some stress, brought me in to focus a little bit more, but it is short. I’m finishing this up because I’ve got to go read other people’s blogs, which I have yet to do. Once I’m done with that I’m going to set some realistic goals for my writing.
What do you do to get over “writers block”? Or how do you generate new ideas for your blog?