I would say the number one cause for my writer’s block is being in a place where life can be painful and I don’t know how to write about it. Writing through the pain of life is difficult but I know it is possible because I’ve done it before and some of my best writing has come from the painful moments in my life.
Below are three tips for writing through the pain and moving past writer’s block:
- It’s ok to have multiple writing projects going at one time. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to complete a project before we start a new one. Sometimes we need to use multiple projects to help get our mind off whatever is holding us back. Sometimes just doing busy work, like formatting, graphic design, or posting my blogs to link ups helps me to move past the writer’s block, too. Just keep writing and working through the pain.
- One system I have in place for writing is I write out my notes for a blog post in my blog post planner. Then when it’s my “blogging day” I go to my notes and start writing the first draft of the blog post. This helps me to process the pain, or whatever might be holding me back, a little better because I don’t have the pressure of completing a finished project before I am ready to. A lot of my posts I write are from notes I’ve written a month ago. This way I am not writing about a topic that might be a little too painful to express or share at that moment in time.
- Write about something positive and that brings you JOY! Sometimes when I am feeling really angry, or sad, I have to dig real deep to find something positive to write about. But that’s the fun part about being a writer; digging deep. Writer’s grow when they search for the positive in their life. As a follower of Christ I feel like it is my calling to share the good news of Christ with the world. Sometimes when we have writer’s block it is because we are too focused on the negative, and not enough positive is flowing through us at the moment. Some ways that I do this is to practice gratitude and journal things that I am grateful for. Or maybe consider where I was and how far I’ve come. Sometimes wen I am feeling down or doubtful I like to think about how God has always come through for our family.
Thinking about all of this, I think the best way to move past writer’s block is to protect your writing. Sometimes there are barriers, and stumbling blocks, in our life that are causing us the pain we don’t want anymore. We need to protect our writing by taking every thought captive and by guarding our hearts. This will surely create an atmosphere where we an easily move past writer’s block and still write through the pain.
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— Heather Bixler (@hbixler03) February 8, 2017
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