Over 2 months have passed since I last updated my blog. I didn’t intend to fall off the blogging bandwagon but I had a rather annoying visitor staying with me – writer’s block. Major writer’s block. Despite the fact I have a document outlining topics I’d like to eventually write about, words have consistently failed me and they continue to do so. It’s pretty frustrating.
To be honest, writing has been a constant struggle for quite some time now. I’ve battled with writer’s block before (haven’t we all?) but it’s never lasted this long (I’m talking for well over a year or more!). No matter what, somehow I was always able to steer myself back into that writing groove we all love to find ourselves in. Sadly, that groove has gone AWOL on me but rather than sit here wishing it would return, it’s time to set out to find it again. It isn’t coming back voluntarily that’s for sure!
To some extent, this struggle has been largely fueled by perfectionism (along with a dose of comparison to other bloggers). I’m sure you’ve been there yourself. We tell ourselves that our words aren’t good enough. We tell ourselves that the topics of our blog posts aren’t good enough. We tell ourselves that the photos within our posts aren’t good enough. When you find yourself stuck in this rut, nothing feels good enough! Does this all sound familiar? It’s a vicious circle that over time eventually silences us and before we know it, all the thoughts and ideas we have are just being blown around in the wind failing to land anywhere solid to root themselves.
Clearly I’m not an expert in overcoming writer’s block, however, I do know that NOT writing at all is certainly not the solution. So here I am, writing away with the intention of continuing to do so despite the struggle. I’ll try not to obsess over each sentence or spend hours trying to take (or find) the perfect photo for each post. Instead, I’ll simply trust that over time writing will get easier and that groove I miss will eventually return. What do I have to lose?
Of course, I haven’t been sat twiddling my thumbs over the past 2 months waiting for writing inspiration to strike. Thankfully, my creativity elsewhere has been flowing in my favour and I’ve been working with new design clients, enjoying life beyond the screen and spending weekends living aboard our boat on Toronto Island (you can view some scenes from that on my Instagram feed if you like). However, despite all of this good stuff going on in my life, I’ve constantly missed writing and blogging so hopefully this post is a step in the right direction to fire up my writing mojo again. Time will tell.
What about you? Got a bout of writer’s block you’re struggling to overcome? Or perhaps you have some tricks up your sleeve to help find that writing groove again? Either way, share your thoughts in the comments and let’s talk.
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