Block by Writer’s Block


I’ve been struggling with the worst case of writer’s block in America.

And you know the worst part? I keep getting all of these amazing blog posts in my inbox both at work and on my personal email that just rub it in my face. How do these writers produce such great work on a day to day basis???!!!

As the kids are saying these days, “the struggle is real”.

So here’s what I am going to do. I’m going to respond to this self-declared writing emergency in the only way I know how. I’m going to force myself to write, no matter what.

I have to admit, my mind just hasn’t been in the right place as of late. When it comes to this blog, I keep trying to get back on track but I keep getting stuck. Every once in a while I crank something out, but it doesn’t come near the level of consistency  that I once had.

So here are the details on how I’m going to solve this little problem of mine.

I’m going to force myself to do an odd combination of a Free Write and a Pomodoro cycle. That is to say, that I’m going to sit myself down and free write for 12.5 minutes. Then I’m going to do some revisions and edits so it makes some kind of logical sense for another 12.5 minutes.  Then I’m just going to publish the end product.

Whatever happens, happens. Uggh. I hate that cliché.

The goal is to write. Not think. Just write.

So I’m starting now.

This post (the one you are skimming right this very minute) was my first using my “Crazy Combo Pomodoro Method”. (Someone somewhere has to have tried this before, right???).

I wrote for 12.5 minutes, really, I just ranted about how much trouble I’ve had writing lately and then I cleaned it up a bit for another 12.5 minutes.

Remember those amazing blogs I mentioned at the start of this post? Well, they all have one thing in common. You can distinctly hear the writer’s voice in each post. Now, to be clear, I’ve never met these writers, but the tone of the writing leads one to believe the voice you are “hearing” is truly their own.

And that’s what I would like to accomplish on this blog.

So for the next few day (weeks…months…years..who knows???) I’ll be using this method to get what’s floating around in my brain out and on “paper”. Let’s see where this goes.

This could be a terrible experiment. I could find that this “Super Insane Half Pomodoro-Half Free Write Method” is a terrible way to break through writer’s block.

Or it could be pretty freaking awesome.

I guess there is only one way to find out.

Here’s where I could use your help. Do you have any crazy methods for breaking through writer’s block? What works for YOU?

I can’t possibly be the only one who gets so worn down by it that they have to resort to extreme measures. Right? Anyone???


Image credit: Photo: JLPC / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons 


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