Writers Block

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Help, I have Writers Block!

 

help I have writers block picture of a pen writingIt’s been 2 weeks. 2 weeks of starting posts and not being able to finish them off. 2 weeks of writing and deleting and 2 weeks worth of writing possibly confined forever to drafts or at least while words are still failing me. The frustrating thing is I have the ideas, I have the desire and the urge to write. There have been many many hours seemingly wasted thanks to a bad case of writers block.

I don’t know where it came from or how long it is planning to stay but god it is driving me insane. I have managed to post 2 posts this week. One was simple, I had a guide and just needed to add my voice to it. The other one took me 3 days to finish. Second chances changed as I wrote it and at first I was nervous of how it would be received as I’m not a romance writer but I was so happy I managed to actually finish a something I hit publish anyway.

If I am struggling to write posts my usual thing is to hashout a piece of fiction, tweak it a little and send it out into the big wide world. But even that route has dried up too. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! Is this normal? Have I reached burnout? My fire extinguished to just glowing embers, their potential unfulfilled? Or do I need to give my head a wobble and shake these words out?

It doesn’t help that I have doubts about the direction of the blog, my writing, what I am doing. Am I still a parenting blogger? Olivia mainly featuring only in her outfit posts or reviews these days. And what exactly constitutes a lifestyle blogger? My life and how I live it? I mostly sit in front of the TV with my laptop open and occasionally put finger to keys and type something slightly interesting to read. Mostly I browse and read other blogs. Is that the kind of thing you want to read about? Because people that is as good as it gets sometimes!

What about my fiction? It seems I have taken a turn and I’m heading down the author highway to having a blog mostly of pieces of my own fiction. This is making me wonder if I shouldn’t put myself together an anthology and publish the life out of it. Mainly because it seems Serenity and I seem to have lost each other and my novel is heading straight towards the ‘never to be finished’ pile.

I have drafts about posts on feeling like a fake! Feelings about this exacerbated thanks to my inability to actual finish the post. I wrote about how I can throw a tantrum better than a toddler and threw a hissy fit because it was crap! I started on about how I read these two amazing books in 2 nights and made them sound blander than a poundshop butty (never had one? Don’t!)

Should I head over to a blogging prompt to help me find my blogging mojo. Did I actually have it to lose in the first place? Maybe I should just put the laptop away and put pen to paper. Get a bedside cabinet and keep a pen and pad by my side for those infuriating ideas that pop up just as I close my eyes to go to sleep! Get out more, actually have a life and experiences to write about?

Is this normal, does every blogger go through this stage or not? Have you ever had writers block and do you have any tips for me to help deal with mine?

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  1. This all sounds very familiar to me. I think when you start writing a blog that people actually read, the pressure mounts a lot, that you feel you really need to keep the content coming at a reasonable pace. And it’s so hard sometimes to find the inspiration! I hope you find your blogging mojo soon! #KCACOLS

  2. Oh I so feel for you! I go through stages of this, then suddenly I write three, one after the other. I think if you just let it be, and go and do something different it helps. Put the pen down, don’t try to write for the sake of it and just live your life, read blogs, but if that frustrates you as you’re now writing yourself, just stop that too for a bit. Suddenly inspiration will hit x
    Thanks for sharing on #KCACOLS hope you can link up next Sunday with Franca x

  3. We all have those days, I think. And then sometimes there are days where I can sit and write pages and pages and keep going for hours writing things on my blog (given enough coffee of course). Hopefully it all evens out in the end.

  4. I hate Writer’s Block with a passion. I usually write and write and write and then delete the lot because it’s all gobbledigook! Hopefully the inspiration will come back soon #KCACOLS

  5. I definitely think all bloggers go through this. A blogging identity crisis is normal, I went through it recently after deciding to be more professional with my blog, and having to do a rebrand. The good thing about lifestyle is really you can take it in any direction that works for you.

  6. ive got a bit stuck recently as well. total mind block in fact. until today when I wrote 3 blog posts back to back inspiration just hit me. I’m sure your mojo will return x #KCACOLS x

  7. I think we’ve all been there. I have a whole notebook full of ideas that I never was able to fill out into a proper post. Then all of a sudden inspiration will seem to come every few hours. I can’t explain it #KCACOLS

  8. Sorry that you are finding it hard at the moment. I love the writing that you publish on your blog, it always takes me on a journey.
    I find it hard to come up with posts sometimes as I don’t think my life is that interesting to blog about, but I am going to keep going non the less.
    #KCACOLS

  9. Oh I could so have written this myself a couple of weeks ago – really lost my mojo and had tonnes of posts sitting half finished in draft form with no clear direction and then questioning whether i’ve really got the time and hours to do this and then why am i doing it went round and round my head – and then just one good comment or good mention can turn all the doubts in to positives – it will come lovely – I love your posts and often look for them on linkys! #KCACOLS

  10. I find the urge to write comes upon me at the oddest times – usually in the middle of the night or on my commute – and I just have to go with it. I also find I can’t force it when I’m not in the mood #KCACOLS

  11. Sorry that you’re going through this right now. I am sure all writers at some stage will experience this. My advice is to just stop and have a breather. Leave writing be for a while…Go read something, watch something, meet some friends, do an activity, and come back when you feel like it. I sometimes feel the same way. I am in awe of some bloggers who churn out one or two posts in a hour or a day while I take a few days to write, edit and re-edit and I have finished posts in my pile which I have not published yet because I don’t feel they’re quite right yet. #KCACOLS

  12. I am still quite new and I still feel like I have lots to write but sometimes I definitely lose my blogging motivation – as much as I love it I sometimes do think what is the point! What am I doing it for? I hope you find your mojo soon. #kcacols

  13. I think sometimes when you feel like this, or any kind of block. (In my blogging genre, it is reading slumps). I think time out to do something completely different is good. Something you enjoy to take a complete break. Hopefully then you will get your mojo back. Good luck.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  14. Ugh, I am sorry you are having a rough time. I am a new blogger so I have yet to experience writers block. I have had posts that I have deleted, re-wrote a hundred times and edited to death. I have ones that no matter what I do I am not happy with. My fix? I read it aloud to someone. I fix it as I go, catch mistakes etc. Then they have ideas, or tell me what is making sense and what isn’t. And Sometimes, I hit delete and begin again.
    I am a homeschool blogger so that is easier, I guess. Life is included, but I keep a map of where I want to go, steps per say. This seems to help. Plus I have monthly features that remind me of what I need to write each week. I hope these ideas might spark something for you. Take a break maybe, step outside, grab some rays? Whatever, I hope you find your joy again 🙂 #KCACOLS