Blogger’s Block

Ahhh I took too much time off and now and I can’t think of what to blog about. I broke my cardinal rule:  Thou must keep producing. As long as I consistently write 2-3 posts a week, I have an unlimited wealth of ideas. My inner critic is silenced and I am free to write about whatever pops into my head.

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But as soon as I take a break — let’s say for an amazing wedding in Maryland –when I return to my computer my brain is dead. No topic is good enough for my comeback post (ok it’s only been a nine days. LL Cool J definitely wouldn’t call it a comeback). It would be so much easier to go get ice cream rather than figure out what to write about. 

And so, here’s my back up cardinal rule: If thou can’t think of something to write, write about that. It’s pretty helpful; even as I write this I’m thinking about what I can post next. And if you don’t believe me, listen to modernist poet Charles Bukowski: “writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

What tips do you have for writer’s block?

***And if you need a laugh, say the title of this post three times fast.***

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  1. I usually reach back into my tricks and go with animals. I also think of scary situations, bad karma and the flip of the coin. I am sure you will shake the tree and come up with some ideas. Good luck, Barry

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    1. Thanks Lynne! It’s funny you should mention connecting with nature because I was camping this past weekend and the whole time I was thinking, “I never want to have to look at a computer screen again!” Maybe I just have to switch to good old paper and pen.

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  2. I have this problem fairly often. So far my solution has been to just wait until I’m inspired. Not the best thing to do, but as the default action it’s certainly the easiest thing to do 🙂 It’s been somewhat difficult for me to make a goal and then write to meet the goal. For example, deciding I’ll write one blog post a week. Great goal, but then it’s like, uh, so now what do I write about for the next post.

    I definitely need work in this area. I like posting regularly, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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