This post is, obviously, not about children or family, but since I blog about both, I think it pertains to this blog. Since starting this blog, one of the biggest challenges I have faced is writer's block. I have found a few ways to overcome it.
1) Simply Write
I have found that when I just sit down and write, new ideas emerge. I jot them down in my notebook when I think of them so I don't forget them. But it seems like one idea just merges into another and another. So far this is the best solution I have found, to just begin writing.
Read books, magazines, blogs, just read everything. Just opening your mind to other's ideas will help inspire you. It will also make your actual writing better. (I used to tell my students this all the time... the best readers are usually also the best writers.)
3) Pay Attention To The World Around You
It' s used so much, I suppose it's cliche, but I'll say it anyway, "Write What You Know." Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom or a working single girl, you have a unique way of doing things. Pay attention to what those things are, and use them in your writing. The other week, I was trying to come up with something for WFMW and I realized I had come up with ways to make living in a two-story house with a young child easier on all of us, so I wrote about it.
4) Take A Break
If you have been sitting at your computer for an hour and nothing great is coming to you, get up. Go for a walk. Cook diner. Play with your kids. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need.
5) Quit Pressuring Yourself
Oh, how hypocritical of me. I am the world's worst at putting unneeded pressure on myself. But, I have found that when I am able to relax, my writing flows much more freely.
For more tips, head back on over to WFMW!