I have writer’s block.
I felt it coming on when summer hit and just thought it was our out-of-school schedule. When I realized the new hours wasn’t my problem, I decided to re-work a few old posts I wrote when no one but five of my closest Facebook friends were reading my blog. I mean, I was still writing something, right?
That didn’t work to kick in my creative juices. I needed to be challenged. I signed up for the 31 Days to Become a Better Blogger program with the cool folks at Yeah Write. Between last week’s vacation and my workload, I’ve done my best to keep up with the daily challenges. I didn’t do a good job with the writing exercises but I did get advice to generate more blog traffic and some ideas for blog posts.
From the exercises, I actually started three different posts. I wanted to join in and add to the link list with the other members. All three sit with their scribbled notes in my blogging book. Guess that’s why they call it a block.
I researched writer’s block on my favorite search engine Pinterest and found a few ideas to help me out. One suggestion was to write in a different place. I spend most of my day holed up in my office by myself so I scheduled some time to get away from my desk.
I hid in a back booth of my favorite lunchtime salad restaurant. I spread out my blogging books and brought a couple of pens. I knew I could sit back there undisturbed for a couple of hours.
Getting out helped a bit. I wrote this post while I enjoyed my Outrageous Orange Tossed Salad with Cashews. Of course being away from the office clicked on another habit of people watching. So I would write and watch, write and watch and then watch some more. Do you know how many people go to lunch with their friends and look at their phones the entire time? And there are just way too many cute babies who come to the salad place with their mommy.
It felt good to be writing again but this blog isn’t helping my business. This writer’s block has affected my new work project. For my regular readers, remember last summer when I wrote all 12 weeks for my online class Social Media with Strategy? I tweaked it a few times but most of the writing happened when my son Jake was out on summer break.
My big project for this summer is a workbook that goes along with the online class exercises and gives small business owners even more detailed information to help them plan their marketing strategy. I had such high hopes for my writing this summer because I really rocked it out last year. I was getting up early to write every day plus I added in additional writing hours into my day.
So far, I’ve done a ton of research but writing … not so much. OK here’s the truth. I’ve written nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I’m frustrated that all I have at this point is a blank word document.
I have three more weeks before the after school pick up schedule kicks back in. I’m at a loss. I’ve stopped trying to force the writing and just continued with the research. The launch date is set for the end of September and what do I have to show?
I got nothing.
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