“I just don’t know what to write about”
“Who am I kidding? I am not an expert”
“Who is going to listen to me?”
I am sure that you’ve said or thought something similar to this, I know I have. In fact, when I was sitting down and trying to decide what I should write about today, I asked these very questions to myself.
Problem #1: I don’t know what to write about.
Problem #3: I’m just not in the mood to write.
Problem #4: I can’t find the words.
Problem #5: I can’t write an intro.
Problem #6: I can’t come up with examples to support my content.
Problem #7: I keep getting distracted.
Problem #8: Someone interrupted me, and now I can’t get back on track.
Problem #9: I don’t even know where to start.
Problem #10: I’m not qualified to write this.
For sure there are more, but I think these 10 will be okay as a starting point. My number 1 tip that I have found which helps me to start writing is actually pretty simple, but it was a big mindshift for me. Are you ready for it…I try to fail on purpose. I figure that I can start writing and change what doesn’t work later. Knowing that I am going to fail, in fact trying to fail makes it very easy to start and getting started is the biggest hurdle to overcome. I picked up this little trick from a book called The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, by Edward Burger and Michael Starbird.
Failing on purpose and then iterating is definitely a philosophy I can work with. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that you should write and post sub standard content. What I am saying, is get started, expect to fail. Then go back and revisit what you have done until you are happy with it.
Do you have any tips to break through writers block?