One of the worst feelings in the world for a creative person is having some version of writer’s block. Blogger, poet, author, painter, podcaster, student, business owner, or entrepreneur; your preferred creative medium doesn’t really matter. We’ve all had to overcome this beast at one point or another. In fact, I’m working through a pretty stubborn block as we speak so I decided to lean into the problem and share with you my 10 Best Practices to Quickly Overcome Writer’s Block.
(Hint: #10 is to create a piece of content about overcoming writer’s block…but SHHH! Don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to ruin the surprise)
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[08:30] Have you ever had one of those weeks that started out great but by Tuesday, everything was completely off track. That’s exactly what just happened to me. I just knew this was going to be a productive seven days. I had plenty of appointments but not so many that I felt overwhelmed. I was ahead of schedule on releasing a few key pieces of solid content. Most importantly, I had blocked off the first two days of the long Labor Day Weekend to create and publish back-to-back podcast episodes to give my listeners plenty of content that would carry them through the holiday and into next week. I was sure I had it all lined out, but Murphy (with his stupid law) had me dead in his sights!
[13:30] Saturday morning, a technician came to my house to upgrade our internet package from 40mb to 1gb speed. The process went smooth enough and my internet was blazing in no time. As soon as the tech left, I began the process of connecting all of our devices to the the new Wi-Fi network. For my office desktop PC, I had the brilliant idea to connect it directly to my Wi-Fi range extender via ethernet cable to create a more stable connection. When I moved the PC to access the ethernet port in back, I somehow pulled one of the video cables which caused a disconnect inside the PC. The motherboard completely stopped recognizing my graphics card. Fifty troubleshooting attempts and 14 HOURS LATER, I managed to get the motherboard to read the graphics card again. Great! There went Saturday.
[16:35] It’s cool, I may have lost Saturday, but Sunday, I’m goin’ in! NOPE! Sunday, I’m goin’ OFF! As in, the internet customer service because their defective “top-of-the-line” modem stopped working overnight! I had NO internet, like NONE. And you guessed it, there are no techs on call or stores open on Sunday…and Monday is a holiday. No internet until TUESDAY…and the tech tried to tell me I they couldn’t get a modem to me until WEDNESDAY! Oh, that was IT! I was done! Escalate me to a MANAGER NOW!
[21:45] After securing an early Tuesday morning tech appointment and guarantees of bill proration and credits I reconnected my old, slightly slower (and I do mean slightly…could have done without the new modem in the first place…😠😠😠), modem and was back online in no time. Everything should have been all good, but the stress of it all completely stole my energy to create. There’s plenty of work to do, and I had all the tools available to do it but my head and heart just weren’t in the right state to create.
Usually, creative blocks are caused by negative emotions. These can stem from a variety of circumstances, including:
The best ways to overcome these barriers are to either:
The examples in this list are my best practices for overcoming writer’s block, but they may not work for everyone. Hopefully you’ll find a few that help get your creative juices flowing!
As I mentioned earlier, writer’s block (and most other forms of creative mental blocks) stem from some form of negative self-emotions. You can lean into them and create or replace them with positive vibes and create. These best practices always work well for me, but they may not be for everyone.
Leave a comment and share your favorite tips for beating writer’s block and living your most productive, creative life!