Okay, here I am sitting in my study room staring at the computer monitor screen not knowing what to write. I guess I am suffering from mental block because my mind is blank! It seems that as of late, it is taking me longer and far in between to update my blog. I am not sure why, well perhaps it might be due to other distractions that gets the better of me.
Resistance to writing or writers block is a common phenomena that besets many writers and bloggers. You can overcome mental block with various techniques. Writing is fun if you enjoy doing so, what if you suffer from mental block and you just can’t seem able to formulate your thoughts no matter how hard you try? I am sure even the best gifted writer and blogger encounter such problem one way or another.
My mind just seems to wonder off easily, as if into twilight zone for no apparent reason. I guess one of the reasons was that I don’t sleep well lately. I used to sleep at six hours every day but of recent it seems that even after past midnight I am still wide awake in bed!. No doubt adequate quality sleep is extremely important, lacking of which might cause a person to become lethargic and unable to focus on work during the day.
If you want to shorten your life or kaput early then by all means continue to deprive yourself of quality sleep. Have you heard of that catch phrase ‘a sleep deprived man is an angry man ? Oh ,yes, I guess it is quite true because your whole body, particularly your hormone go off balance, blood pressure rise and you will have harder time to control your mood and temper when your body is not given adequate time to recharge.
This reminds me of a church pastor who behave just exactly that way. Even though he’s been serving in the ministry for decades, his mood swing is so obvious. One day, he told us that he gets agitated very quickly when he don’t sleep well the night before the Sunday sermon. I guess he must a lucky lot because he get cranky once in a blue moon which indirectly implies he sleep well most of the time!.
Okay, what else I wish to rant? Aha, there are some blogger who believed in the notion that one should not write any post for the sake of writing. In other words, no post is better than a lousy irrelevant post. I am not quite sure if I agree with that remark though.
I don’t see any harm in letting our mind to run freely and write anything that’s not relevant to the blog niche so long as you keep that to a minimum. After all, a blog is just that, a weblog where you pen your thoughts and sometime it is good to write something about facts of life and be a little crazy so to speak.
Some blogger think they can get away with mental block situation by deploying ‘autoblogging’ technique! That’s a topic to for another time to discuss but I guess so long as you don’t plagiarize, steal content or even spin articles which then ends up with gibberish illogical grammar sentences it should be fine.
Come to think of it, it’s really kind of funny and weird because I used to hate writing, particularly during my school days. Fast forward thirty years later, here I am writing even though there is no teacher who will look over my shoulder to correct me or to reprimand me for being a lousy writer. It just comes naturally as one starts to build up the habit and interest to do so.
Someone once ask me why I choose to be blogger, what benefit do I get out from it (I told that chap I don’t earn much through blogging) and if there will come a day I will quit all together and do something else more meaningful and enjoyable. The fact of the matter is that I do enjoy blogging.
There is no hard fast rule on how to overcome writer’s block. You have to figure out the best approach to relax and free your mind from stress and distractions. I usually make it a point to take a stroll in the evening, watch a movie, read the newspaper or even take a nice shower and stay away from blogging at least till the next day.
Sometime the best ideas comes into your mind when you least you expect it. Always make it a point write down what inspires you, preferably bring along with you a scratchpad and a pen wherever you are on the move (note: you can make use of smart mobile phone diary application to write down your thoughts and ideas whenever you are on the go ).
You just need to figure out what works best for you and then stick to that routine to refresh and rejuvenate your mind before you write. That’s so much so for today, just remember no one is born a gifted writer. You have to write as much as you can and in time to come, your copy writing skills will improve before you even realize it!