How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block

I started out this blog for a class. It had a strict rubric for what content I could post and what it had to be about. Now that the class has been over and the blog is free for my use, I am having a hard time keeping up with it.

I’ve always had this dream I could be like the amazing travel writers I follow out there. But I couldn’t post anything because my mind was set in the rubric. This has created the ultimate writer’s block for me. Where I am torn between what I want to write about and if it is good enough to pass a rubric test.

So I made a checklist of questions for anyone with writer’s block.

The checklist:

  1. Have you searched for tips? I look at other blogs for great tips on what to write about and how to go about it.
  2. Are you switching it up?  Both in the type of blog and the content. You can try making a video, audio section or create a map.
  3. Who are you? We write about what we know. So when you go somewhere you are writing about it from your perspective so why not add a little more. Are you a solo-female traveler or with you SO?
  4. Have you taken a shower? Go ahead and do it. Jump in the shower, put the shower nozzle on the hose or go find your shower waterfall. In 2014 a study was done to actually test this idea so if you don’t believe me give it a good read.
  5. Are you daydreaming? Go for a walk and leave your phone behind. Let your mind stop thinking about everything you should be doing and just let it think about anything else. I read a travel story about a man who traveled from his bed to his couch and it was pretty great.
  6. Are you breaking the rubric? All good painters can do the basics but they also break the rules. I say understand the basics but stop being afraid of breaking the rules. You are good enough to write beyond the basics, color outside the line and whatever else you do.

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear

—Joan Didion, “Why I Write”

Ask yourself why you write. Joan Didion is one of my favorite authors and the actual article for why she writes is in the New York Times archives.

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