I started this blog (Explore with ‘Mii) back in February 2020… It was originally supposed to be a travel blog where I’d blog about my holidays, bucket-list or places I visited for leisure here in the UK.
Obviously, my plans changed because of Covid… My blog then became broader – focussing on lifestyle. This, I think was when my writer’s block began…
I put all my focus into my dayjob – and rightly so as that’s what pays the bills. The more I worked, the less time I had to dedicate to my blog – which wasn’t such a bad thing when going through writer’s block.
Then, when I eventually had the time, I found myself either not being able to think of ideas for posts – or on the off-chance that I did, it just wasn’t good enough. (Or at least I didn’t think so)
How did I get over the writer’s block?
For me, I think it just phased itself out… Having the break over Christmas & New Year really spurred me on… I was in so much agony from a sport injury, and pretty much bed-bound that the only way I could get through it was by writing.
And, if I’m honest, the break away from work showed me how much I’d missed it… Yes, I am slightly worried that I might lose my mojo again, but I’m hoping I won’t. Besides, this blog gives me something to do in my spare time.
How did I cope when I had writer’s block?
I read more… During the times when I just couldn’t write, I read.
I read as a way of maintaining my writing style. I honestly believe I’d have lost my writing style if I didn’t re-read the books by writers who I aspire to.
Reading itself if I’m honest, I hardly ever did… When I used to, it was at times when I’ve not got anything better to do – or because I was going through writer’s block.
2020 was I think the first time in years that I actually read books from cover-to-cover! But, don’t worry, I plan to continue reading because I was reminded of how fun it can be.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, if you don’t like reading, it’s because you’re not reading the right books (or in my case, you’re busy writing).
Tips for overcoming writer’s block
1) Don’t fear it – even the best writers experience it. It’s part of the creative process.
2) Write anyway – even if you don’t want to, pick up that pen/those fingertips and get writing. What’s the worst that could happen?!
4) Don’t give up – take a break, or edit the piece you’re writing to an inch of its life if you have to, just don’t give up.
5) Read – reading helps, it worked for me… It might work for you.
Do you have any tips? Or, just want to share your experience of writer’s block? Comment below. ✨