Sometimes, my brain goes numb… I don’t have a particular drive to do something, nor do I have any one actionable though percolating in my mind. When that happens, it’s difficult to write.
Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.Charles Bukowski
All the #Inspo scrolling in the world doesn’t quite get me where I need to be to get it poppin’ on the keyboard.
I’d be willing to bet, you’ve probably been there too.
Discipline will get us through the task. But, we also don’t want to become a Blogging Zombie by forcibly writing something we’d hate later on. I don’t think every post needs to be a 10/10. However, I’d caution us to stop if we’re lacking creativity, energy, and gusto.
Here’s my personal playbook for mitigating a case of writer’s block:
- Get up, walk around, and check in on my garden. Play with my dog and give her affection. If possible exercise and get the blood pumping. Whatever it is, if my mind is stuck, I move my body.
- Read a great piece of writing.
- Browse Reddit/Wikipedia, but not any longer than 30 minutes.
- Prepare myself a snack (preferably from my garden) and focus on the experience of every single bite.
- Take a nap.
Then, we write. Because the best way to overcome writer’s block is just to sit the fuck down and write.
Here are some other ways to deal with writer’s block for new bloggers.
What about you? How do you keep the zombie from showing up?