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.
- Have you searched for tips? I look at other blogs for great tips on what to write about and how to go about it.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.