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What You Write Matters!

This week I thought I’d talk about ways to get rid of writers block and creativity stumblers. Yeah most writers get that from time to time and if you don’t you’re one of the lucky ones!

    1. There is never a best time to write

True! But, when is the perfect time to write? We all have doubts, fears, problems, things to do…so when is the best time to write? Anytime and right in the middle of all that you have going on. Don’t wait for the perfect time to write…just do it. Right in the middle of whatever you’re doing. I have to keep reminding myself that one!

    2. Believe in yourself

Seriously! You have something to say otherwise you wouldn’t be writing, would you? Tell yourself it matters what you say, and eventually you’ll believe it. Push any doubts out of your mind!

    3. Take out the big ‘BUT’

Yep! You all know what I’m talking about here. But, the dishes need to be done, the shopping, the laundry, I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day at work, etc., etc. Whatever it is…eliminate that big BUT that’s stopping you. Stop with the excuses. Oh, its easy for me to preach this one because I’ve flagrantly disregarded it so often. I put everything else first then do my writing. That laundry won’t disappear, the dinner will still get made, etc., but I need to write and forget about doing everything else first. Try not to do everything else first, unless it’s a job, but instead of saying I’m too tired after work, write for a while. Just don’t let that BUT get in your way. I promise to practice what I preach as well. 🙂

    4. Cut out the junk!

Yeah you know those little things that are meaningless! Surfing the web, looking for other things to do besides writing, playing X-box or a game, all the little things that take up so much time and really don’t count for much in the end. You’ll find your day more rewarding when you can look at what you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve written in the time you would have spent doing something that yeilded no results. There goes my recipe hunting excursions, and my web surfing… LOL

    5. Calm yourself

That’s right! Forget about everything else going on around you and just concentrate on the task of writing. Thinking about all the things you have to do leaves you stressed and your mind is not calm enough to think about writing and creating. Clearing your mind of the clutter will allow you to open yourself up to the task of writing. Get rid of the inner turmoil and chaos and just enjoy the calm, peaceful, tranquility of writing.

    6. Take out the fear

Last but not least, take out the fear that’s stopping you from writing. You have a story to tell. Many writers hesitate to continue because they’re afraid of failure. Stop thinking about the outcome and concentrate on the process. If you don’t try, you’ve already failed.

So, that ends my little blog speech for this week. I hope someone got something out of it. None of it is new to us writers, but I thought just blogging about it might be a good way of reaffirming some of the things I personally need to work on to push my writing into the next gear.

What hinders you from writing? I’d love to hear it. 🙂

Note: Some information obtained from ‘What You Write Matters’, by Eric Maisel


13 Responses

  1. Very helpful advice! I will try to use some of these tips right away!

  2. To be honest for me it tends to be time. I always say I’ll do it when things ease up on the reading front and then just get a load more. I will get on with it soon, although I suspect I’ll go more for short stories to get my oar in first. (Although I do enjoy my childrens picture books which my twin is meant to be illustrating.)

  3. Great post, Patsy – and great tips:)

  4. #4 is a big one for me. I get online and want to play with my friends when I really should be working. And #1 is a good reminder to. So I only have twenty minutes, use them! That’s time enough to get a page or two done and that’s better than nothing.

  5. Thanks for this, Pat. It’s nice to be reminded that I’m not alone in dealing with the obstacles.

  6. Wonderful post, Pat. Great pointers. Funny thing about point 5 – all my inner turmoil and chaos ends up landing right on the page. Kinda therapeutic, in a demented way LOL!

  7. All good, sensible advice. I’m learning, slowly, that it boils down to one simple fact, when I’m actually writing I stop worrying or being blocked by the things above. For me it boils down to a simple formula… If I want to write I have to go Nike and, “Just do it…”.

  8. I hear that a lot…the fear factor connected to writing…or even to posting one’s work for crit. Fear can be so debilitating…it’s one of the hardest things that leads to such self-doubt for a writer.

    Great post Pat! Excellent advice.

  9. Couldn’t agree more. Great list.

  10. I’m working on my junk. Been running alot lately. Er, well perhaps that wasn’t what you were referring too? The twitting is like quitting smoking all over again, you know you should, but it’s soooo good! ;P

  11. Great Post. Unfortunately for me, my biggest excuse, is watching tv. I don’t watch tons, because I usually am too busy for that too, but after everyones in bed and I could write, I get seduced by Castle, and Bones, and Dexter, and Survivor! nasty little things. But maybe this post of yours will pop up when I’m about to turn on the tv and I’ll turn on the computer instead. Thanks for the inspiration. Even though we all know these things, we still need to hear them now and then!

  12. Fantastic advice Pat. I think 4 and 5 are my biggest stumbling blocks. That and the fact that putting my writing ahead of all else has gotten me into difficult situations so now there’s so much stress I can’t concentrate. Oh well, just another few hundred words, then I’ll sort out the real life stuff 😉

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