4 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

How do you find a topic to write about when you have no ideas?

It can happen to the best of us. You’re frozen in front of your keyboard, or notebook, and have no idea where to start. Today I had a case of Writer’s Block and had no idea what today’s post was going to be about until I turned to Twitter.

Here are my tips to beating the dreaded Writer’s Block:

1. Twitter. Twitter is a double edge sword. If you find the right people to follow, Twitter can be a great source of inspiration. Case in point: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Skye, creator of the Write Chain Challenge and founder of Writerology. After I tweeted that I had no clue what to write today, Skye suggested I write a blog post on how to find a topic when you have no ideas. Without Twitter today’s blog post would not exist.

Through, I would suggest turning off you Twitter notifications once you actually sit down to write! 😛

2. Pinterest. Yet another double edge sword. My suggestion is to create a board full of ideas to inspire you when you need a little extra push to get your creative juices flowing. Just be careful not to end up salivating over the latest Fall boots or the latest pumpkin spice recipe.

Here’s my writing Pinterest board: Writing Inspiration

It’s a work in progress. Anybody know some great writers to follow on Pinterest?

3. Read. Pick up a book from your favorite author, your current personal development book, the Bible, or even a book on writing. Just spend time savoring the words on the page.

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One of the newest writing books in my collection is “A Writer’s Book of Days” by Judy Reeves. It was a birthday present from my husband. It is a great source of inspiration as a writer.

4. Exercise. It’s a great way to relief the stress of not knowing what to write, and you just might find a blog topic some where along the way.

What are your favorite ways to beat with Writer’s Block?

Listen

Listen.

For the past nine months, I’ve been hearing an invitation to listen closely to my heart to discover my needs, talents, desires.

Here’s a bit of a Spoiler Alert for Season 8, Episode 4 – the latest episode hinged on the idea that we talk to ourselves when we’re alone because there is something hiding just out of sight.

Isn’t the same true in most of our lives? There is always something just out of our sight that we keep being drawn to.

For me this has always been writing. I have notebooks filled with poems and short stories from when I was younger. I have an memory of being at a Girl Scout career event, probably in middle school. When I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, I replied that I wanted to become a writer. For the first two years of high school, I was in yearbook. But in between Sophomore and Junior year, writing became something that I pushed to the outskirts of my life and it has remained hidden ever since. In the last several years, I’ve heard the writing siren call many times. A couple times in the last several years, I tried to pursue writing but it always got pushed aside by the busyness at work and was soon forgotten.

Earlier this year I felt called to discern my role as a teacher, in addition to my roles in Young Adult Ministry, writing, Beachbody and volunteering. I finally started listening to my true needs, talents, and desires. I discovered that my role as a teacher was holding me back from being able to fulfill my needs, talents, and desires. I decided that I need to take a step back from teaching in order to discover how God is calling me to use my talents. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I can see now that I was being held back from seeing my own potential.

I listened to the voices lurking in the darkness. I faced the scary monster underneath the bed. I am now learning to embrace the writer within me, and seeing where this journey leads me.15022817938_b20340a3d2_o


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Triumph

Psalm 108:14

“We will triumph with the help of God, who will trample down our foes.”

Today I was feeling like I was going to get any writing done, just like yesterday. I set a pretty high monthly word count for myself, and I find myself doubting my ability to accomplish it. The funny thing is that God gives us strength to fight against our personal demons of self-doubt and fear because all of a sudden today Psalm 108:14 came into my head. At that moment I knew that I could triumph over my fear and made a huge dent in my word count.

I leave you with a no cost trip to an amazing library, I can’t wait to finally get to see the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin. Dreams do come true!

Thanks for coming to visit!