Help, I have Writers Block!
It’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?