How Do I Overcome Writer’s Block?

The truth is that I don’t know how ‘you’ overcome it but today this is what worked for me. Before I begin, let’s just clarify, what do we actually mean when we say; “I have 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 really listen to the story I am telling to identify if it is a story that serves me.

This is how I overcame writers block today:

Step 1 – Clarity

I asked myself the question: “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. Now what you don’t know is that I am writing this on Tuesday and that is usually my day off. My day for connecting with my soul and tuning into what is working and what I would like to have happen and checking to see if anything has changed that means that I need to adjust my planned action.

Ah light bulb number two.

I was writing like it was for my own personal clarity and not for business. I often download and write from the heart on Tuesday. It is only for my viewing and to release emotions or stories that I would otherwise be unaware of.

That makes sense of why I was all over the place. My brain thought it was that kind of  clarity download because of the day it is.  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 sat down to paint while I pondered what did I mean by what I was saying and why was I being Step mean about my writing.

I realise now even from my picture I was wanting greater understanding of my direction and the green light would indicate that this was the right thing to be writing about.

As I followed this line of thinking I discovered that when I am writing for business 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.

Step 2 – Confidence

What has worked before? 

When I pondered what worked to keep me focused and point I usually have one word or one question to answer. I have set myself a limited word count, a limited time frame 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 and so I know this writing is aligned to the bigger picture.

Step 3 – Change 

What has changed? If anything?

I realise now, that my coaching session at 6am that 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. And that was why my writing no longer felt aligned because I was aware that my business model was about to change and with it my message.

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.


Whether you are writing a book to build your business, growing a business or simple wanting to live your best life ever and you know your critic keeps holding you back, please do check out my book Manage Your Critic – From Overwhelm to Clarity in 7 Steps.

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Part of the change in my vision is to move my live retreats online making them available to more people, so I am excited to be launching 4 x 5 week group coaching programmes to help you transition through change and create the change you want.

Each programme will be aligned with a change in season.

Giving you space and time to gain clarity of what we want from the next 12 months, 90 days, 30 days and 7 days whilst develop greater confidence in your decision making and planning process.

If you know your head and your life needs to be more organised first, then join me on 31st Oct 2018 for the next virtual retreat and intake of  Clarity, Confidence and Change Online 5 week group coaching programme.

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 in the past?

If you haven’t got over writers block, perhaps consider how you have got unstuck or motivated or inspired before in any situation and notice if that process or model could help here.

I would love to hear from you. 

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About the Author – Sheryl Andrews – The Strength and Solution Detective

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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Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening is well known for her fast speaking and highly motivational passion. 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. Sheryl use to find it difficult when criticised even when she knew they meant well and found it difficult to respond rather than react. A series of 3 events in her personal life exaggerated her emotional overwhelm and forced her to address this problem and conquer her sensitivity to criticism. Today she shares every day stories of every day people and inspires you to discover ways to gain clarity and confidence to change the way feedback and criticism impacts your performance.

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