Eight Months ago I decided to make 2017 The Year of Finishing unfinished projects. The year is nearly at the end and I feel I haven’t gone anywhere.
And today I wanted to finish my little series 50 poets and writers to read before you are 50 (This series was re-published in 2018) and I just can’t get into it. Half an hour left before I have to get to the day job.
So what to do?
Of course, I am writing a blog post about it. Because nothing is worse than not writing when you can’t get into your writing mood. I don’t want to call it writer’s block. There is so much talk about it in writer’s circles or those who want to become writers that I do not want to enforce that concept. However, the fact is I cannot finish that blog post today.
“One thing I have decided on my quest of what I want to do with my life is: I’m doing it my way!”
I have read many self-help and “how to become a writer/blogger” books, blog posts and articles and all have motivated me greatly to follow my dream to write but they always lead to a dead end. I stop writing, I stop believing in myself and I stop being positive.
Maybe I become bored with the “schedule” those books advice to follow. Maybe my inner creative child gets so bored it just goes into hiding.
Thinking about this dilemma in the last couple of months I remembered times in my life where I took decisions that changed my life to the better and all of those decisions had one thing in common: I followed my intuition. I had no logical reason for doing what I did but my inner voice guided me and it was the right decision.
So I decided to give my inner voice a bigger part in my writing life. To listen to what I “feel” is the right thing to do at that point in time. To do it my way!
Today, obviously I wasn’t in the flow. I just could not get to where I wanted to be: Finishing my mini blog series. Looks like it wasn’t to be. Looks like I needed to start a new part of my blog. Looks like my inner voice doesn’t always show itself clearly or in a way that I feel happy with.
Looks like inner blockages are a matter of life and I just have to get over them. I often think that when I took a decision to change something in my life, life itself throws all sorts of problems in my way to find out if I am really ready to change something. Writer’s block (yes, I know I did not want to call it that 🙂 ) is one of those problems but I think I just challenged it and got over it.
This post is part of Jeff Goin’s 500 Word Challenge which is one tool I am using to get it my way. And look where it lead me: To a 536-word blog post!
How do you do it?
How do you challenge inner blocks that prevent you from writing or blogging?
I am looking forward to hearing from you 🙂