If you have been watching my posts closely, I try to blog twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, where I write work- and fashion-related posts respectively. I struggle to keep to schedule (I am trying sis! I am getting better at it though), but on some days like today, I don’t even know what to write. While preparing for my blog post for today, every topic didn’t seem to fit my blog demands for one reason or the other, and I ended up being frustrated. Then all of a sudden, I thought to myself, “wait a minute! You just experienced writers’ block sis!” I just realized that since I called myself a blogger and claimed to express myself, I wasn’t really writing what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted. So guess what? Today I am writing about not having anything to write. I am writing about writer’s block.
A writer’s block is an inevitable phase that occurs when a writer experiences a lack of zeal and ability to be creative. Think of it as basically feeling less motivated and having a brain freeze whenever you want to push yourself to write. You may lack what to write for various reasons – the fear of being judged, people not liking what you write, or you just never find the right words to say. Don’t worry, I found a few ways to address this issue once and for all:
1. Just Write
Whatever, whenever, however – just write. You will be surprised at what ideas come to mind when you start writing – even if it is about anything. Personally, I realize that when I start writing randomly sometimes, I end up writing a lot and when I read what I have written, I can’t even believe it! Just like it takes a single step to start every journey, all you need to do is start writing and you may end up with a book of thoughts. Even if it feels like gibberish today, it will be a treasure tomorrow – believe that!
What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.– Maya Angelou
2. You don’t have to be perfect
Nobody’s perfect, so don’t even try to be! It takes lots of practice to perfect skills even though there is always room for improvement. So always remember that every great writer started as an amateur and you don’t have to be one of the greats to be creative. You are perfect just the way you are, so whenever you don’t have the motivation to write, always remember that!
We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.– Maya Angelou
3. Have an imaginary audience of one
Think of that audience as your best friend who will be there to listen to anything and everything you have to say, even if it doesn’t make sense! Then act like that imaginary person is eagerly waiting to read every single word you have to say – raw and unedited – and just write your heart out. Believe me when I tell you that the imaginary audience will one day become a real life audience of thousands, hundreds and even millions of people.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.– Maya Angelou
4. Do not be Afraid
In this thing called life, I am still learning about how much fear handicaps us from our greatest potential. As a writer, fear can either make or break your work. Fear prevents one from being vulnerable to readers, the essence of every writer, which leads to lack of creativity. There is so much potential in being courageous. So, don’t be afraid about what you have to say! Go ahead and open up your heart, be vulnerable to your readers and watch how much it pays off.
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.– Maya Angelou
5. You have something Unique to Offer the World
If you are struggling with not being afraid like me, always remember that you have something to offer this world that nobody else can. To your greatest surprise, you will come to realize that people actually want to hear what you have to say – yes! they won’t judge you like you think. Even if they do, the relief and satisfaction you will have from expressing yourself will surpass any form of judgment. So dear writer, write on every if you don’t know what to write – just write. Even if you aren’t perfect, write as if your audience will enjoy everything and anything you have to say. Fear not and believe in yourself, knowing that nobody, but you my friend, can offer the world what you have to give. Write on!
I will write on the pages of history what I want them to say. I will be myself. I will speak my own name.– Maya Angelou