Blogging

Blogger’s Block And Blogging Burnout

I didn’t post daily in January. I also didn’t even write a blog post every day. Even though I was a little bothered by that, I’ve been more bothered by other things. Like burnout and blogger’s block, which is like writer’s block but worse. I had an easier time writing than blogging last month.

New month, new me. That said, I won’t be blogging all the time because I need to live my life. But I’m ready to get back into the grind. It’s not always easy, but I’m grateful for every opportunity.

I want to address being blocked so to speak. I don’t want to wait for inspiration. I’d rather get to work. For some reason, I didn’t have many great ideas in January. Even promising ones didn’t pan out. For instance, I drafted a one-word writing interview/Q&A. I liked the idea. I didn’t like the draft. And because I made it my goal in 2019 to publish content I’m proud of, I don’t want to post something for the sake of posting.

In regards to burnout, I started this blog in 2013. At the time, I wanted to publish every day. I was in high school. I wasn’t as busy. So I had more time and energy. But a lot has changed in five, almost six years. I’ve changed. WordPress has changed. What didn’t change was my stubborn commitment to blog daily. But 2018 was a hard year for me. I got hit by a car at the beginning of the year. Recovering was a long and exhausting process.

I was fortunate enough to go twenty years without anything truly traumatic happening to me. So I guess my point is that trying to blog every day while trying to let my body and brain heal made me burnout in a way I never experienced before.

It’s been nearly a year since my life changed forever, and I’m ready to live fully again.

Blogging

Voice Transcription Is A Game Changer

I love writing, but I don’t love typing. So I finally got around to trying out voice transcription. These days, I say some words into my phone and let technology do the rest. It’s not a perfect process, but transcribing is faster than typing everything out.

If only I knew about transcription back in the day. It would’ve saved me a lot of time. I’m all for efficiency.

I don’t know why I waited so long to start transcribing my writing.

This summer, I transcribed all my old handwritten blog posts. If I had to type up all of them, I’d probably be even more behind now. Typing takes too long. In fact, writing takes forever as well. Talking into your phone, on the other hand, isn’t too bad.

My new goal is to transcribe my creative writing. I have a lot of words ahead of me.

Come to think of it, you could even overcome writer’s block with automatic transcription.

Even though I like to write first, it’d be interesting to speak my thoughts straight away. I’ll have to try that out sooner or later.

Because I live under a rock, I don’t even know how long voice transcription has been around. I never thought to try it out until this year.

Sometimes, I wonder if I’m an old woman trapped in a young girl’s body. That would explain a lot.

As always, do what works for you. Whether that’s writing, typing, transcribing, or a combination of all three. Words won’t write themselves. Just get started. And finish your projects. That’s the only way you’re going to get better.

Yes, I should take my own advice. No, I don’t always practice what I preached. After all, I’m a flawed human being.

I do have to make edits when the transcription isn’t perfect. But the process works for me.

I’ll open the WordPress app, create a new post, click the microphone on my phone’s keyboard, and start talking.

Going forward, I’m thinking about doing the same with academic essays. I’ll write the first draft by hand and then say it out instead of typing every word. If the results turn out to be straight A’s, voice transcription could turn out to be an even bigger game changer.

Thanks to Descript for collaborating with me on this post.

Blogging

How To Break Out Of Blogger’s Block

I don’t know what’s worse: blogger’s block or writer’s block.

Either way, here are some ways to break out of blogging slumps.

Reread old posts.

It might inspire a new one. Or you may fall down into the rabbit hole of your greatest hits. There’s no losing here.

Work on something else.

You can write a poem, a play. You could even do something completely unrelated to blogging like building a bookshelf. If you want something done, do it yourself. Unless you have two left hands. Then maybe enlist the help of your uncle instead.

Grind through it.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. The bullet doesn’t always taste so bad.

Take a break.

Get a drink. Grab a Kit Kat. Go for a long walk.

Break the blocks.

Writing

How To Beat Writer’s Block

Feeling uninspired and unmotivated is one thing. Feeling blocked or at an impasse is another.

Here are ways to beat writer’s block and write the next New York Times bestseller.

Take a shower/bath.

A shower somehow seems to solve everything. Maybe water is magical. Somehow, I have my best ideas during the most inconvenient times possible.

Take a walk.

It doesn’t have to be a long one. Get outside. Breathe in some fresh air. It helps clear your mind. Who knows, an idea might strike you while you’re out in nature, talking to flowers or trees.

Take a break.

And have fun. If, like me, you’ve forgotten the definition of fun, it might be a sign you need a new dictionary. Sometimes you may be better off relaxing for a little bit before returning to your work in progress. A break never hurt anyone, did it?

Take your time.

Writer’s block doesn’t care about your feelings. It will stay as long as it wants to. Just remember everything comes to an end. Nothing ever lasts. Before you know it, you’ll be back on track. Don’t forget you have an entire lifetime to write.

I should be a writer’s block doctor. If writing doesn’t work out, at least I have another career to fall back on. What do you think?

On a serious note, I hope I see your books on the charts one day.

Writing

Writing As A Way Of Appreciating

Writer’s block. I believe in being blocked, but I don’t believe in using it as an excuse. Do better. Be better.

When baseball hitters go through slumps, they hit their way out of slumps. I think the same goes for writing. You don’t break out of a writing slump if you don’t write. You have to write your way out. Write a hundred terrible words. Write a thousand. Write until you’re not blocked.

Life isn’t perfect. Never will be. At any given time, the conditions are less than ideal. You need to do things before you’re ready to every now and then. That’s part of living and learning.

Obviously, some days are better than others. Be proud you’ve written even if you don’t love what you wrote. You can always make your first drafts better. You can’t improve non-existent stories however.

I’m trying not to take life too seriously. Besides, I got into writing because it was fun and enjoyable. I’m not letting anyone or anything steal my joy away.

Finding that balance between work and play is a challenge. But it’s doable. And even though I’m going to be busier, I have no plans to stop doing what I want: writing, reading, blogging.

A part of me misses the routine I established over the summer, although school hasn’t been too bad. I’m excited for what’s to come. I love learning. Always have, always will.

When I think about my schooling so far, I realize I never had many problems academically. I went to class, I did the homework. But everything else associated about school was tougher. The social aspect especially.

Mentally, I’m doing better than I have in a long time. It’s not such a terrible time to be in university for me.

Despite the one plus hour commute being a pain, it also provides some much needed time away. I don’t have any data. I can only access wifi at certain stops along the way. Which means I spend my commutes reading, writing, blogging. I get to disconnect temporarily.

This year I have a goal for myself to enjoy the little things in life. I think I take a lot for granted every day. So I hope to appreciate what I have through writing.

Blogging

Blogger’s Block

I have blogger’s block. It’s like writer’s block but worse.

I don’t know what to blog about. I don’t know what I want to say. What do I know? Next to nothing.

Fortunately writing is going well. It’s blogging that I’m struggling with right now. As I’m sure you can tell.

Writing

How To Overcome Writer’s Block

Start writing.

I know I say this all the time. But really try it. Make yourself pick up a pen and start writing. I get that you feel blocked, feel like you have no idea what you want to say. My suggestion is to start small. Don’t ever feel like you need to know every detail about what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. Think about a sensation, a feeling. Or something tangible. An object, an item. First drafts aren’t meant to be perfect. Just get words on the page. You do that by writing. Even when you’re uninspired, unmotivated. Even when you have writer’s block (however you define it).

Stop writing.

Take a break and do something else. Anything else. Unless it’s illegal and harmful. That I don’t condone. Then come back to the page in a few hours.

Read something.

Another tip I offer all the time. Personally those rare times I’ve written great work, I was reading amazing books. Never limit yourself to one genre or author. Even if your novels fall into one category, even if you love one writer more than any other. Also, trace what you like to read. What sticks with you long after you put the book down? Is it a character and their development? Is it a specific concept or two? Try recreating your own take on a cool character or a crazy concept in your writing.

Find prompts.

Prompt yourself or get others to do it for you. Look for writing prompts, picture prompts, anything that’ll get you going. Stumbling upon contests with a specific style or theme could work as well. After all, deadlines and goals give you something to reach for.

Make changes.

Adjust your schedule or routine. Modify your workspace or room. Sometimes the smallest changes make the greatest difference. Are you used to writing in the morning? Why don’t you try writing in the afternoon or evening? Do you always go to a local coffee shop to write? Well, how about hitting up a library instead? You get the idea.

Go live.

Don’t think about writer’s block. Don’t think about writing. Go out and live your life. At least a little.

Get exercise.

Usually in the late afternoon, my brain wants to shut down. I’m mentally tired, not physically. So I dance. My brain might be exhausted, but my body isn’t. I’ve been sitting all day anyway. Exercise does wonders for my mind. I don’t have the science to back anything up, just experience. But let me end with this: I wouldn’t be the writer I am today if I wasn’t a dancer.

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5 Things I Learned From Blogging

5 Things I Learned From Blogging

I came up with these 5 lessons not long after I began blogging. But I never got around to editing the draft to my liking. Until now.

2 Years Ago

Look at that I created a draft for this post a little over two years ago.

Time truly flies by.

So what did I learn?

How to write well.

And forgive myself whenever I didn’t write so well. People get better. Writers are no different. Improvement is what I strive for.

How to beat writer’s block.

Or whatever you want to call it when words don’t flow right out of your fingertips onto the keyboard.

How to keep blogging.

Momentum does wonders for your motivation.

How to be a good friend.

At the very least, how to be someone people respect, even just a little.

How to act responsibly.

Character is king. It trumps a lot in life.

If I listed everything blogging has taught me, this post would be as long as a book.

Maybe I should write a book. Come to think of it, I’m doing exactly that this November.

No matter what you’re doing (or not doing) next month, I wish you all the very best. I will continue to send you good vibes!