How Do I Overcome Writer’s Block?
I imagine writers block like the author in the movie sat looking at the typewriter and nothing coming to mind. But mine wasn’t like that, in fact it rarely is.
Mine didn’t feel like a block it felt more like an inability to filter or block anything.
It was all coming out. I had the complete opposite of block, it was more like writing diarrhea. Sorry for that image, but it really did feel like it was pouring out and it felt like poo and my critic said as much. As soon as I notice my critic being critical I know it is worth checking in.
Who or what was I comparing myself against?
Why did I feel the need to say my writing was poo?
What I heard is that I had lost sight of why I was writing and whether this was the most important thing for me to do be doing today.
It felt poo because I didn’t know if it was worth my time.
That is always a good sign for me to stop and get clarity and confidence in what I am doing with my time and why.
This is how I overcame writers block today:
What would you like to have happen?
The answer today was: “I would like to write, short succinct and clear.” Ah that was why it felt poo, it was everything but what I wanted. It was long, waffly and lacked purpose and structure. I found myself meandering off into different lines of thinking and whilst they were all interesting for me, I was not convinced they were good for you the reader.
And then there was a little voice that I almost ignored again, that said I would like to paint, rest and listen to music. That is because Tuesday is my day off, my day for connecting with my soul and tuning into what is working and what I would like to have happen.
Ah light bulb number two. I was writing like it was for my own personal clarity and not for business. That makes sense of why I was all over the place. My brain thought it was a clarity download because of the day it is.
So I decided to listen to that inner critic and recognise I had worked 12 hours the day before and a little down time today was okay.
I realise now even from my picture I was wanting greater understanding of my direction and the green light that this was the right thing to be writing about.
As I followed this line of thinking I discovered that when I am working which I was kind of doing today my critic ‘expects’ the writing to be focused and on point.
It has to be aligned with the business and my overall marketing message. It has to either be helping my existing clients or attracting them. Then I had to remember what has worked in the past to keep me focused like that.
Confidence – What has worked before?
I learned that I have one word or one question to answer and I have a limited word count and a deadline. I also have a clear vision for my business that is up to date and I am clear on the direction I am taking the business.
It is easy in every day life to hear lots of different information and not even be aware that we are processing how that impacts us. I realise now that my coaching session at 6am this morning had turned my thinking on its head. Which is a good thing but I hadn’t got my head around how that was going to impact my vision for the business.
A great reminder that before I start writing I need to set myself up for success by having absolute clarity and confidence in what I want from my day.
I need to ask myself:
For today to be just the way I would like it to be it would like what?
How do I need to be?
What kind of resource or support?
And if things were working before and now have stopped working, take time to notice what has changed.
If you are writing a book to build your business and you know your critic keeps holding you back do check out my book Manage Your Critic – From Overwhelm to Clarity in 7 Steps.
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I trust this article if useful and would love to know:
What do you know now about writer’s block? Writer’s block for you is like what?
What has worked to overcome writer’s block? I would love to hear from you.
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Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening, is well known for her fast speaking and her passion to make things happen. But what many of you may not know is that in private behind closed doors she was also no stranger to lapses in self belief and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough.
That was until she learned the importance of being heard and asking for support. In her book she describes the step by step journey she took to learn how to manage her critic turning her overwhelm into clarity in 7 steps.
Sheryl now runs retreats that encourage you to really listen to what you need to work, learn and live at your best with others and the confidence to ask for those needs to be met.
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