Today’s prompt asks about having writer’s block. I thought on it and thought on it so hard that I think I gave myself writer’s block…LOL I don’t really have a story about writer’s block but instead about how I chose not to write in order to live what I normally write about – did that make sense? When I write I write to share: my love, my life and my laughter. So when I don’t write where does that all go?
Have you ever had extended writers’ block?
How long did it last?
What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
When I write I release all my thoughts, concerns, fears, joys and even fears through my words. I have always used writing as a way to free myself from things that tend to weigh me down. There have been periods in my life when I would stop writing. Too much stress, too much of life and at times simply because I needed to hold on to whatever was going on in my head for a bit longer. So when I don’t write I think, I dwell and I contemplate – a lot. I think the longest I stopped was for about 3 years. Yet I was just me – not yet a Blogger, my writing was for me alone so my stopping impacted no one but me.
As a Blogger, choosing not to write can be a bit risky. You can loose Readers, Followers, Sponsors and Brands. If you are bring in an income you can put that in jeopardy by taking a chance that your stats may drop. So why would I ever choose not to write?
Around this same time last year my family’s busiest time together started. November is the start of our Birthday rush as well as all of our favorite Holidays. I was a New Blogger (my site was only 3 months old) and I had not perfected a schedule. I wrote as it happened. If I felt inspired I wrote. When things happened so did a post. Yet when the Holidays began I stopped taking notes of what was happening and started taking part in what happened. Slowly I saw a decrease in my posts and the frequency of my online presence.
I was worried but at the same time I knew that having the memories my family was making was my top priority. So I took a break. I was there but not there. I stayed on schedule with my LinkUps and Hops, I supported other Bloggers but I took the time to be present with my family and our Holiday experiences.
Now don’t think the writer in me disappeared. I made mental notes and even scribbled some things down. Entire posts even but I waited until after to share and write. Guess what? My site survived. My Readers stayed and my Followers understood. All was well in family both in real life and online.
So when I think back on that time and then think on the same time of year coming up now I know that being a bit more experienced I can plan better STILL I know if I decide not to write it’s okay because when I write it the timing will be perfect.
Why don’t you write?