Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Writer's Block? Get Unstuck
On one of my other blogsites, my original Fishhawk Lake blogsite; I recently had a comment that went like this:
First of all I would like to say excellent blog!
I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you
do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
He went on:
I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thank you!
It happens to all of us!
I come from a long line of writers on my mom’s side of the family. Granny, my mom and my sister are/were fantastic writers, each in their own right. We are all avid readers, which helps, too. I always wrote in diaries since childhood. Poetry, tall tales (for school classes; I even wrote one called The Whale That Blew Square Bubbles), I fancied myself writing a novel in the 8th grade about being a teenager surrounded by all of those southern personalities that were in my life at the time while living in Richmond, VA. I did not write it. Probably a good thing, although it might have been therapeutic!
This is what I said in response to the comment:
I’ll be happy to answer your question. Thank you for enjoying my blog. I’ve written since I was a kid, so honestly, it’s been intrinsic. But, to jumpstart you, why not do stream-of-consciousness writing? Don’t THINK too much. Pick up your pen, or your pad, keyboard and just GO, without self-editing. Go as long as you can without stopping until you simply run into the proverbial mental wall!
OR: jot down several small sentences, or phrases. Then, walk away and come back and look at them. You could even do a group of topic choices or lead in sentences and hit save. As a writer, I put them in draft and come back to them, re-reading them with “fresh eyes”, as if for the first time. That way, it’s as if you are reading your work with the frame of mind of being someone else. It can also help you catch misspelled words, run-on sentences and such.
Hope this helps!
I found a post in doing research about writer's block that was silly but really informative, called 27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer's Block. The author, Henneke Duistermaat also put a hyphen after this and wrote: how to boost your blog traffic, which is what also got my attention.
#2 was particularly amusing;
2. Curse like a sailor
As this author wrote, writing is an emotion. If you are inspired, no matter what it takes to jumpstart you, then as fellow humans, we may also be inspired. Write a rant, but be sure and put it in draft first, then go back and decide if it's worth putting out there. Because once it's OUT, you can't take it back.
Then there was #6
6. Stop writing for your readers
I'm sure that Thoreau didn't plan his writings around people. His writing came from this deep deep place in his heart that nature tapped into and he wrote very privately, as if it were simply a diary. We later got to be a part of his musings and the way that he interwove his love of the smallest moments in his daily routine and incorporated many quotes from history and philosophers that he felt inspired by has made him a timeless writer for generations to come. It was almost secretive in how he wrote, and I don't think he cared a whit about who was going to read it. Being such a solitary person, I wonder if he just wrote to keep himself company when he wasn't wandering outside for miles and miles?
Here's one of my ideas (thanks to reading the wacky 27):
Write silly titles /Make yourself laugh
Just make a list of funny, twisted, bizarre titles and don't hold back! Be a goof! Put them in draft and keep the list going. Every now and then, one of those titles could cause you to tap into that writer's magic and send you skyrocketing with ideas!
I have a bunch of funny cards that I have bought through the years. Some are so delightful that I will never send them. I just like to get them out once in a while and laugh!
One was a get well card and on the front it said:
For symptoms of COLDS and Flu, i recommend THREE (3) quarts of PRUNE JUICE after every meal…..
it doesn’t do much for a fever, but you sure think TWICE before you SNEEZE!
Get Well Soon
Laughter can freshen your soul and your psyche.
Three writers on ActiveRain whom I always enjoy are Debb Janes, Alexandra Seigel and Carla Muss-Jacobs and here is what they sometimes do for blogging ideas:
Debb Janes and I are runners and she had recently told me that she was working out a blogpost in her head while running. (It was marvelous, a writing about who should star on your business cards, it spurned lots of discussion and comments and she was recently in The Daily Drop). This came after a MeetUp we had that she and Rene Fabre (another fabulous writer) co-sponsored. I do that all of the time, too (get ideas while running). What's tough is if you don't have a photographic memory and nowhere to write it down if you're doing something unrelated! This happens to me when I'm in the shower, too. Sometimes, when I can't sleep, ideas will pop into my head, A suggestion: keep a pad near your bedside or in your vehicle. You of course can't do that in the shower, but you get the idea!
Alexandra Seigel finds copious amounts of blogging material by simply going to the Farmer's Market, or taking a walk on a beach (Musings coming from Writings in the Sand) in Southern California with her husband, Ron or visiting high-end retailers to get more fodder for writing about their continuous running theme of luxury branding.
Carla Muss-Jacobs found that she had something like 60 drafts (Summer Blogging Inspirations!) waiting in her ActiveRain draft category. I've never had that many, but I have gone as far as simply writing a blogpost title, repeat the text in the body of the post and hit save (after picking out a topic) and then come back to it later. So, if she gets stuck, she has lots to fall back on!
There are SO MANY incredibly talented and inspiring writers in our realm, that could be mentioned here. Feel free!
And if you feel so inclined, share some of your ideas, struggles and sensations for putting yourself back into "Writer's Mode". And even feel free to rant, if you'd like, but play nice, 'cause I won't delete it!
P.S. I will be in an inspection first thing, so I will respond to your comments later...