Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day – Dealing With Writer’s Block

Over the past week I’ve encountered MAJOR writer’s block – I haven’t really had much to say. I could blame it on being tired – I’ve solo parented for a few nights in a row (having hubby come home 20 min after I put all of the kids to bed by myself still counts as solo parenting, right?). Or I could blame it on the weather (we got a FOOT of snow on Wednesday), OR I’m sure I could find something else to blame it on if I really wanted.

But truth of the matter, it’s my own fault. I’ve been trying too hard.

Blogger's Block?

I’ve been racking my brain out for that one awesome post that will leave you saying:
“Hey that Janice is awesome! I LOVE her blog and want to keep coming back!”

Blogging, like fitness, isn’t like that.

There isn’t one magical workout that will turn you into a goddess (or adonis). You can do 200 squats a day, but all that will get you is strong legs – your arms won’t be any stronger.

One great post isn’t gonna make my blog awesome – it’ll just strengthen that one category.

In a quest for greatness, I had forgotten that. I’ve lost a ton of my baby weight (14lbs since Christmas) by just working out and sweating for 45 min every day. I just kept on trucking, doing what makes me happy, and Voila – it just happened, I reached my goal weight. To maintain it, I’ll need to keep doing that – working out AND enjoying my workouts.

Blogging is the same way. Writing for fun, and writing whatever comes to my mind every day, will help my writer’s block will disappear. I’ve found my mojo again – I’m gonna go back to writing just whatever comes to my mind, do it for fun, just like I’ve done with my fitness. I hope you’ll stay along for the ride!

How do you approach writer’s block?
What do you write when you have nothing to say?

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  1. says

    great post! Sometimes I fall into the comparison trap of feeling like I need to have every post be so awesome it blows people away. Truth is, that’s tough, and my life isn’t that exciting! I just try to be real and be me and hope that’s enough!

  2. says

    Gosh, this is so true. I don’t know why we lose sight of the fact so easily! I often try to apply myself to other things that inspire me when I have writer’s block–like going to a new exhibit at a museum or calling a friend on the phone. And once I have a fresh idea, then I just go for it. I think it’s most important to write with passion. That’s what I enjoy doing most and I think that’s what any reader responds to best.

  3. says

    I totally can relate to this post (also)!!! Sometimes I sit at my computer screen and await this great blog post to come to me… and all I have is a blank screen.

    I really don’t have any tips or tricks on how to get rid of writers block… sometimes I just start writing and see where it takes me. Even if I don’t want to write. :P

    I also agree that I think your day(s) are totally SOLO parenting!!

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  4. says

    I SO relate to this. I can easily find myself putting too much pressure on my blogging. When I just enjoy it and let things happen naturally, its always so much better – everything from my writing to my love of it. I like how you compared it to fitness and getting back in shape. So true!

    And lastly – yes. I would totally count that as solo parenting! LOL
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  5. says

    I’ve pretty much been on hiatus through the winter. Didn’t post much of anything. I think that was my problem too. Just trying too hard. Now, I’m back to posting what comes to mind on a “normal” day… (Though, normal around here is a bit of a stretch. lol) Things are starting to come to me again.

    Definitely a great reminder! :-)
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