Overcoming Writers Block
For the past three weeks I have written Morning Pages, religiously, every day. Whoo hoo!
In the past I have managed to write Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages on and off, very sporadically. I think the most I ever managed to write them for was about three months. My resolution that I have made to myself is to write Morning Pages every single day. No excuses. This will take about 20 minutes, ideally first thing in the morning. But lets face it, sometimes life gets in the way, so I’m willing to be flexible! It doesn’t matter too much at what time I write them….the main thing is they get written every day without fail!
My other resolution is to get into a proper writing routine. I want writing to become a habit. Let’s face it, it’s time I stopped talking about writing a book, and instead made it a reality. Walk the talk, talk the walk.
The only way this will happen is if I start. JUST BLOODY BEGIN HOLDSWORTH!
To make this habit easy-forming and effortless as possible I have come up with a couple of simple strategies.
Number One ~ Getting into a regular habit and routine. I’m best in a morning so I plan to write first thing, as soon as I get up. No messing, I will get myself sat down at my table, with my phone timer set for 20 minutes and just write. Pure and simple. Instead of suffering from overwhelm, and not having a clue where to start, I will only ask of myself that I write 250 words a day. Two hundred and fifty words, that is a minuscule amount, and very manageable. It is only 1 side of A4. Anymore writing I do will be a Brucey Bonus
If you are wanting to write why not try these simple strategies too? Or if you have any others that work for you please share
In this short video I talk about how this will hopefully help to overcome the deep-rooted fears that stop many of us from getting down and dirty, on the writing front of course!
I talk about how free-flow writing on a word/topic, and how this can help overcome the not knowing where to start, & the anxiety that can grip many of us when we face that blank page, or computer screen. I felt this feeling this morning. I had happily wrote my Morning pages, yet when it came to “proper” writing (well that’s how my little mind saw it) I started to feel blocked. I couldn’t think of anything. My mind started trying to distract me with anything, & everything, so it wouldn’t have to face the struggle of beginning. I certainly do recommend writing a stream of unconscious writing to help you move through the block. There is no censorship, just write whatever pops into your head.