Prompt: Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
YES. I have had writer’s block. I’ve been reading blogs for 10 + years, and I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for about the same amount of time. When some of the boring food bloggers I used to read got book deals, I languished in silent loathing.
I could point out grammar errors and poorly worded sentences until my face turned blue, but I couldn’t bring myself to type my own words.
Finally, one of the bloggers I read announced that she was going to do NaBloPoMo ’14, the planets aligned, my coffee kicked in, and I furiously rushed to create this little spot here, add my name to the list, and get cracking!
So, tip #1- browse your favorite bloggers while caffeinating
#2- If you feel a spark of inspiration, ride the coffee wave and hammer out a post! If you haven’t been inspired after 15-20 minutes, just start.
#3- keep it in perspective. Not every post has to be brilliant, hilarious and make you tons of money and glory. .Just get it done (stealing some wisdom from Anne Lamott– just do that “shitty first draft”)
If writing something-anything- doesn’t jolt you, then continue to hunt for inspiration. BUT, don’t stop writing while you look. Slumps suck you in, and the longer you stay stuck, the harder it is to move.