27/11/2018

5 Ways to Conquer Writer’s Block

I wasn’t sure what to write about so I chose to write about writer’s block! HA. I thought this was pretty funny but it actually supports one of my biggest points.

I took a class on creative writing and one of the biggest subjects we covered was, writer’s block.

This daunting, looming, scary thought of not knowing what to write about is something many writers come across every once in awhile. Some more than others. I don’t usually struggle with writer’s block, however I do struggle with procrastination. So sometimes, much like today…I am writing this blog at 2:15 AM. Most of my blogs that you read are written around this time. Why? This is when my mind is creative.

real life photo of me holding my hair so I don’t look like a “fuzzy thumb” as my sister called me HA

I get DM’s and even emails from some of you asking, “What in the world should I write about?” or “How do you stay creative and consistent with your blogs?”

My answer: Creativity is a gift and I believe that everyone is given this gift, but it’s up to us on how we express it. Consistency takes dedication and hard work. It’s not easy. Writing a blog per week takes a lot of time and effort. However, it’s fun because it gives me an opportunity to express myself.

My fiancé says that he doesn’t have an ounce of creativity in him? Which is such a lie. He just expresses it differently than me. He has more style than most men and he can decorate a bedroom as if he took interior design. But it takes him 1 hour to write a sentence. This does not mean he isn’t creative. Just because he can’t come up with ideas on the fly also does not mean he isn’t creative.

So this starts off my list on 5 Ways to Conquer Writer’s Block:

1. STOP BELIEVING LIES:
Stop believing the lie that you are not creative. You are. You just may be creative in a different way than others. Maybe you are more organized and have to schedule everything. That doesn’t make you less creative, you are just creative in a different way, express that! Stop believing the lie that you are not creative because you struggle with consistency. Also the lie that “no body cares” or the lie “every body is doing it.” Who cares? Just do it. This is why my whole blog motto is “Writing for one…Jesus.” I do it for Him and more often than not He uses me to encourage others, and that’s pretty cool if you ask me. You never know how He could use you. Just be obedient, faithful, and have fun!

2. WRITE EVERY THOUGHT DOWN:
Every time you have a creative thought or an idea on something to write about, write it down. Even if it’s just a title. Or if you have time, write it all out. Then come back to it later and see if it’s actually good or was just more of a time of processing. This helps you build a collection of pieces that can be used anytime, or especially when you come across a day where you are not sure what to write about or post.

3. CHECK YOUR LOCATION:
Are you more inspired when you sit at a desk? Make sure to write there. Are you more inspired when you write outside? Then write outside and if the weather doesn’t allow for that, then open your window! Whatever it takes to be inspired, do that! For me, I can not write in the same location every day. I have to relocate myself. This helps me to come up with more pieces when I am inspired by my location. Also a cup of coffee or tea… even if its decaf for my 10 pm writing time. (I know I’m crazy)

4. WRITE DOWN YOUR 5 SENSES:
Ground yourself. This may sound weird but it helps me. This does not mean that I post any of these but this helps me to think about where I am, what I am doing, and what I am thinking. It starts with “What do I see, what do I hear, what do I taste, smell, feel?” And usually ends with a full blog post about what God is teaching me. How? Not sure. But it works almost every time for me. It’s a really good way to ground your self and to think about what is going on around you. This can also help your brain process what you’re thinking or going through.

5. THINK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU OR WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH:
Are you inspired by beauty or fashion? Follow others that write about that. What are you reading lately? What scriptures have been teaching you a lot recently? Write about that. Do you love to travel? Think about where you have gone and write about your experiences. You are inspired daily. There is so much that can be written about when you think about what makes you who you are and what encourages you/ makes you happy. Often what “inspires” me is when I’m going through something that is difficult. Truly- the ideas are endless. I wrote Joy in the Drought when I was feeling less than inspired.

Just like today- writer’s block inspired me because it’s something I was currently going through. But here I am writing almost 1000 words on exactly that.

BONUS:
Question that I ask myself when I am struggling with writer’s block – WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU KNEW? This is the question that I asked myself before I wrote so many of my blogs, including most of my blogs that I have written in regards to relationship advice. When I was 16, what do I wish someone would’ve told me? What do I wish I would’ve found when I google searched, “Christian Relationship tips” or “Communication in Dating.” This question can also inspire you to continually seek to encourage others.

Those are 5 of my tips and tricks (+ bonus) on how to conquer the dreaded writer’s block. I would love to hear how you conquer writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below or message me! It means a lot to me whenever you respond.

Thanks for reading,
Tay Ruth

*Also I am going to start a 1 Corinthians plan soon so get excited and ready to join me! Follow me on Instagram to join.

4 responses to “5 Ways to Conquer Writer’s Block”

  1. Kimmy J says:

    This is so good!! I love the last line before the bonus. And my husband always says he’s not creative but he also expresses it differently! Such as a creative problem solving. Thanks for the post Taylor!

    • tayruth says:

      Yes! Love that- creative problem solving. That definitely is a skill that not many people have. It’s a way of thinking outside of the box! Definitely creative!

  2. You make so many good points! I used to think that only musical, more artistic people were really creative. But you’re right, everyone is creative but just in different ways. And I totally relate to typing blogposts at 2 am (that’s usually when I get the most of my blogposts typed out lol)!

    • tayruth says:

      Madison, thank you so much for your kind words! It means a lot that you would read this and take time to respond. 💛 I do believe that we are all creative in our own ways.

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