Major Blockage

What gives a writer “writer’s block”? For the past month or so, I haven’t had the motivation to write. It’s not as if I didn’t have anything interesteing to talk to about. For instsnace, in the past month I’ve traveled to two different cities, gone hiking in the canyons near my home daily, been taking acting classes weekly, and even spent time with a famous person or two. 

The most common causes of a writer’s creative “blockage” are 

  • fear 
  • timing
  • perfectionism 

Also, sometimes, life just happens in abundance. The fear of criticism is something that most writers experience. When I’ve had an idea that I felt was too heavy of a subject, I would pass it off for fear of its weight. I must remember that this blog is new, and make more of an effort to write openly; thus gaining the potential to express myself in more explicit ways as I grow more comfortable. 

I must confess that I am a writer who is very much what someone would call a “perfectionist”. Only, really, when it comes to my writing am I ever highly critical. I like to be sure I sound the precise way I want readers to hear me. What’s so wrong with that? If ever I find a topic to share in this blog/Diary I already know to give myself time to formulate my notes into words, just as I desire. I suppose, the fact that I need excess time to cater to this trait means I should make some adjustments.

When I created this outlet, I was so exited to expose myself through words. I gave myself a goal to post a Diary log once a day.  Now I remember being told once that to make real goals, I should follow the S.M.A.R.T. Goal setting teqnique:

  • SMART Goal Setting: make sure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

I realize I should give myself a new starting goal of once a week, which I can definitely do. I hear many wise people say that if something doesn’t work for them, they change it right away. It depends on how much you want something to work. This blog is, I believe, one thing in my chaotic, beautiful, wildly un-common life I want to work. 

3 comments

  1. Mj1126 · January 17, 2017

    The good thing is, you’re aware of what stops you from writing, so you can change it. You’re not alone, every writer suffers from writer’s block. There’s nothing wrong with being a perfectionist, I wish more people set high standards for themselves, so keep that trait but don’t let it stop you from getting your thoughts out. You deserve to be heard. As for fear, you’ve proven in your career you have more courage than a majority of people in this country. So let that fearlessness loose in your writing. You write well written blog posts that are concise, engaging, and thoughtful. So you clearly have the talent to do this. So I hope you won’t let your fears or life get in the way. Every writer hates their first draft. It’s the constant rewriting, where perfection happens.

    Small tips:
    One of the best warm-up exercises I learned to use before writing any project was free-writing: two to three minutes of non-stop writing. Don’t stop typing! Just type random words if you get stuck. Within seconds of doing that, you’ll get your thoughts back on track. It seems stupid at first, but it works. You’ll start letting go in your writing.

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    • Dirty Diana · January 17, 2017

      I can’t thank you enough for these wise words. It’s always so heart-warming to get feedback from other writers. Most times I feel like an outcast in the industry I’m a part of, and the creative arts has always been a welcoming community. I’m excited to try the warm up you mentioned that will help free my “blockage”. I wish you all the best! May your words flow like a river.

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      • Mj1126 · January 17, 2017

        You’re welcome Anya and thank-you for sharing your thoughts. It’s always great to talk to fellow writers. Creative people see the world in a unique way, so we’re not always understood by the people we’re around. So I understand what you mean about feeling like an outcast. But you’re not alone out there. Well, I won’t take up any more of your time, but I look forward to reading more of your work and thank you for your kind words as well.

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