Overcoming the Roadblocks to Writing
“That’s the biggest problem with writing: It sounds really good when you start, but sometimes you get tired.” —Azul Terronez
There are times when I sit down to write, or create anything, and I just get stuck. I get stuck in my head. I get stuck in the past. I get stuck on how good it should be or would be or if I could do it better.
On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about the common struggle all of us authors have at one point or another of getting stuck in a creative funk and how to overcome these blocks and reignite your writing.
Forgive Yourself and Let Go of Expectations
Holding on to the belief that you should have already accomplished certain writing goals or milestones can be paralyzing. You should be practicing self-forgiveness and letting go of expectations to allow you to release the weight of past shortcomings and focus on the present moment. Appreciate the fact that you have the ideas and the opportunity to commit to writing, regardless of where you currently are in the process.
If you find yourself struggling to begin or resume previous writing, start with a smaller commitment, such as dedicating 8 minutes a day to writing. Setting a timer and writing as much as you can within that time frame helps break through mental blocks and eliminates the pressure of perfection. Writing quickly and freely allows you to clear the mental clutter and tap into your creativity.
Change Your Environment
Sometimes, a change in environment can make a significant difference in your creative mindset. If possible, consider moving away from your regular writing space and find a new location, such as a coffee shop or a designated creative space within your home. Changing your physical surroundings can provide a fresh perspective, inspire new ideas, and stimulate your creativity.
In this podcast, I also share:
- You can’t mess it up. It’s your goal. It’s your dream.
- Try creating small goals and rewarding yourself to get traction.
- Being seen through our writing can be scary and create blocks in our creativity.
- A community of authors to share struggles and wins with can be beneficial.
- Sometimes having a co-writer can help keep the ideas flowing.
I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review; it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? What roadblocks do you have in writing your book? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart. Don’t delay—get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!