Moving forward with your writing when you feel stuck

I don’t think that writer’s block is a real thing. I do know that there are times when it seems easier to write than others.

This is a time for some reflection.

  • What is going right in your life?
  • What is going wrong in your life?
  • What else feels stuck in your life?

What is going right in your life?

There are lots of possibilities: a new birth in the family, a new client that you know is going to be a joy to work with, an opportunity to speak before a group you especially admire, signs of fresh life in your spring garden, time to read that book that has been waiting on your bed stand.

Have you taken the time to express your gratitude for the good things in your life? It doesn’t take long and doesn’t have to be hard. It can be as simple as a short prayer acknowledging the good that has happened. For a writer (especially one feeling blocked) it can be helpful to keep a gratitude journal (a small note pad) or a gratitude file on your computer. As you start writing down the things you are grateful for and describing them in full detail, your writing juices get stirred and it will be easier to go back to writing on your book.

What is going wrong in your life?

You keep waking up on the wrong side of the bed, you stubbed your toe, that client you expected to sign went with someone else, the tree pollen is floating through the air into your eyes and nose and you can’t stop sneezing.

Again, reflecting on your life and looking for the lessons learned can free your mind. Do you need more sleep, would that client truly be a Divine relationship for you, do you just need to take an antihistamine and do something totally different?

What else feels stuck in your life?

Do you feel mired in quicksand? Stuck in the mud? Overwhelmed by a to-do-list that is miles long?

Hard as it may be to believe, the way out of this stuckness is action. Again, the solution is taking the time to reflect on what needs to happen next and then taking that next step.

Have you been putting off a difficult phone call to the point that you can’t think of much else? Take a deep breath, say a short prayer for a good resolution, and start pushing those buttons on your phone.

Know you should be doing more marketing and you don’t know how to get started? Find one of those stacks of business cards stored in your desk or bookcase and send out five emails or Facebook private messages a day asking for some time to reconnect.

Know you should be writing and can’t think of what to write? Go back to one of your childhood exercises (but not as a punishment). Take one piece of the topic you are writing on, create a sentence such as “I want to tell the world all about genealogy” (substitute your own topic) and write that sentence over and over again until you find yourself writing something different. Set a time limit – maybe five minutes – and if you are still writing the same sentence, set it aside. Just be sure you come back to it again tomorrow and the next day.

Writer’s block – being totally unable to write anything – in my mind is a myth. A stuck mind, however, can slow down the process for a few days.

Remember the days when everyone was talking about ‘self-fulfilling prophecies’? (I must admit that phrase still slips into my vocabulary at times.) Writer’s block fits into that category. If you think you can’t write, you won’t be able to. If you take the time to identify what is actually going on in your life that is interfering with your being able to write, the “block” will melt away.

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