Just Hannah Jane

What Not To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

8th May 2017 35 Comments

This post might seem completely random, sorry, I have writer’s block, I’ve had it for a good month or two now. It won’t go away. These are things that DO NOT help my writer’s block.

  • Looking for blog post suggestions on Pinterest, now I’m overwhelmed with too many ideas in my head but still no words, but look its a pretty cake because I definitely need to eat more cake……….
  • Maybe if I just pop onto Instagram for a moment, maybe something or someone will switch the lightbulb on, nope, now its 2am.
  • I’ll try reading a book, oh wait, I don’t have time for that.
  • Oooo a podcast, that sounds interesting, maybe listening to someone motivational will kickstart me. Now I’m just obsessed with podcasts and I can’t possibly write whilst I listen, I might miss something important!
  • If I just put the TV on in the background so its not too quiet…. NEVER a good idea.
  • A little snack might help, ok, now I’m procrastinating and eating my weight in cake and chocolate.
  • I’ll stay up late tonight so I have no distractions, whoops, its 2.30am and Hubby’s just found me asleep on the sofa.
  • Enrol on an online blogging and photography course, feeling massively visually creative, but still no darn words!!

So I’m currently still stuck behind a massive block that will not budge, hence the lack of blog posts for what feels like a decade. On the plus side, I’ve been spending extra time on my Instagram and I’ve found some new incredibly beautiful accounts to follow. My Pinterest boards have a million and one ideas so when my writer’s block does ‘do one’ I’ll have a million and one things to write about. My visual creativity is on a high, I have a new addiction to Podcasts and I’ve become obsessed with boxsets again.

Please tell me you have some magical idea to help with my writer’s block? Or have you got writer’s block too?

 

Hannah Jane

35 Comments

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    Heather Keet

    8th May 2017

    I watch TV to get over my block. I find the comedy helps to spark my thoughts. #bigpinklink

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    ourrachblogs

    8th May 2017

    Ha, this made me laugh – spesh the Pinterest comment. Although I don’t tend to use Pinterest – I don’t really get it!
    I get writers block ALL THE DAMN TIME! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      Aww thanks lovely! Glad it’s not only me, writer’s block is a pain in the backside! X

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    mamagrace

    8th May 2017

    I use the artists way and fee write. You need to get everything out and not judge. Morning pages! #BigPinkLink

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    Aleena Brown

    8th May 2017

    I get writers block almost weekly, and then all of a sudden I’ll have a thousand ideas and not enough time to get them all down on paper! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      I’m hoping that’s what’ll happen to me soon x

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    justsayingmum

    8th May 2017

    I find I have the best ideas when I’m not looking. Forget about writing and do the things you enjoy. It’ll come back. I’ve struggled recently too and sometimes it can be other factors that are causing the block. Hope yours disappears soon lovely xx #BigPinkLink

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      Thank you lovely, great idea too. I’ve got lots of fun things to look forward to this week too so just going to think about those instead of writing xx

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    mums army

    8th May 2017

    This made me smile, whenever I need to sit down and be creative i suddenly have an urge to tidy my sock drawer and clean out the understairs cupboard, anything rather than sit down and try and come up with something. With me I think it is a subconscious fear that I wont have anything to create so I distract from starting. Someone told me that even though you think you dont have anything to say just force yourself to sit down and start writing and you will be amazed at what comes out. The times I have forced myself to do it, he was actually right. I hope your block goes away soon Nicky xx #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      Thank you lovely, I must try that. Recently I’ve not known where to even start so I’ll give that a go x

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    Mom Of Two Little Girls

    8th May 2017

    I also get writers block. No idea how to get out of it. I normally just write about my every day life anyway so I blame my boring life when I have nothing to write about.
    #bigpinklink

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    and Jacob makes three

    8th May 2017

    I get writers block. It’s so frustrating. Sometimes I find a break helps #bigpinklink

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    thetaleofmummyhood

    8th May 2017

    Ah I hate writer’s, it’s incredibly inconvenient! It’s good you’ve been spending some time over on Instagram though, a change is as good as a rest! #bigpinklink

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    Frilly Pretty Things

    8th May 2017

    Ha, this did tickle me as I do pretty much all of what you do when I’m in the grip of a ‘block’. What tends to drag me out of it is to write a really simple post. How about writing a post about all the amazing Instagram accounts you’ve found? You’ve already got the content right there! Plus we all love being introduced to new beautiful accounts. Sending block-busting thoughts xxx #bigpinklink

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    Winnettes

    8th May 2017

    Would love to help but i am feeling uninspired too at the moment. I’m sure it will go away soon though as this has happened before. Then i write about 8 weeks worth of blogs in a couple of days and schedule them all in…. We can only hope it’s just something in the air.
    #BigPinkLink

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    Cheryl @ Tea or Wine

    8th May 2017

    There must be something in the air! I went on a break for Easter and have really struggled ever since I came back. I find that if I just sit down and write something, even if it is crap, it sometimes helps to spark other ideas. I hope it doesn’t last too long and you get your mojo back soon! Thanks for hosting #BigPinkLink xx

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    msmamabean

    8th May 2017

    These are all really good tips, I’m a new blogger so any help is useful! I haven’t had writers block yet, but I’m sure there will be a day when this happens (again and again!) Thanks #bigpinklink

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    mamaloveslochy

    8th May 2017

    I haven’t encountered Writer’ Block yet *crosses fingers that I never do* – but I definitely recognise those things as general procrastination for anything!! Definitely a route of evil for sure!!
    #BigPinkLink xx

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      Fingers crossed for you lovely, it is not fun. You are so right though about these being a procrastination for pretty much anything! Xx

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    Mess and merlot

    8th May 2017

    I wouldn’t get past Pinterest! It’s like a rabbit hole, I can happily waste hours on there too. #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      It really is a rabbit hole, far too easy to get sidetracked by it xx

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    mommyhomemanager

    8th May 2017

    Haha. You could also call this list “what not to do when you should be going to bed.” Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      Hannah Jane

      8th May 2017

      That is so true!!

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    pinkiebag

    8th May 2017

    Hi, I just forget about blogging completely for a few days and try and do other activities instead. It seeems to work for me, Chloe #bigpinklink

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    Louise

    8th May 2017

    I’m feeling the same! My husband keeps saying to me ‘you’ve not been posting much recently’ which isn’t helping either! #bigpinklink

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    8th May 2017

    I find time is my biggest enemy as I have 3 jobs, 3 kids plus my blog (oh and the housework, but we’ll conveniently forget about that!) #bigpinklink

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    Susie / S.H.I.T.

    8th May 2017

    So refreshing – I am such a procrastinator too! It becomes like one of those things I have to do, like an essay for uni which I’d leave till 1am until I started and then stupidly stayed up all night to write it. Loving the podcast and box set addiction. Anyway you’ve cracked it with this post about writer’s block! #bigpinklink

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    pinkpearbear

    8th May 2017

    I always say just write something for yourself. A letter to a friend, a story for the girls, a short story, anything at all! Just take the pressure off and try and rediscover what it is the you find fun about writing! Thanks for co-hosting with me. #bigpinklink

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    tinmccarthy

    8th May 2017

    The more I think during block the worse it gets!

    #bigpinklink

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    Pass the wine please

    9th May 2017

    Definitely get this and haven’t even been blogging that long! I tend to write all the odd thoughts or funny things that happen down in the notes part of my phone and hope that when I look through them later, inspiration will strike! #BigPinkLink

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    absolutely prabulous

    11th May 2017

    I could write the BOOK on writer’s block (or more accurately lost blog mojo in general in my case). But of course that’s an ironic comment because if I could write an entire book, then clearly I wouldn’t have writer’s block! Someone in the comments mentioned the ‘just sit down and start writing’ thing. Although I’m very often my own worst enemy and don’t do it, I CAN tell you with confidence it WORKS because I used to do this back when I wasn’t so overwhelmed with stats and linkies and the many things that can totally derail me and cause utter blog doom. The other thing I found is that you do try it and you start writing something but you just think it’s pants and can’t bear to finish it, leave it and come back to it a day or two later. You’ll be amazed at how, while you were digging yet another lego piece out of the hoover or rearranging your underwear drawer, in your subconscious things have fallen into place and you’ll be able to hammer out the blog post start to finish. I swear that works too! Excuse the long ramble…any excuse to avoid writing a blog post 🙂

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      Hannah Jane

      11th May 2017

      I love this ramble lovely! I know exactly what you mean about the stats and linkies, recently I’ve tried to not worry about the stats, totally easier said than done but I’m giving it a good go. Definitely going to sit down this weekend for an hour or two and just try to write and see if anything flows x

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    fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5)

    12th May 2017

    Ahh I totally relate to this! I’ve been struggling with it recently and the harder you try to fight it the worse it gets! Ive got the telly on in the backkground now, not helping!! #bigpinklink

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    Naptime Natter Wendy

    14th May 2017

    I can com0letely relate to this hun. I have about a thousand post ideas but just can’t seem to find the motivation or words to write them. I hope you get your blog mojitos back soon xx #bigpinklink

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    DoubleMonkeyBusiness (@von_nee)

    15th May 2017

    writers block is a nightmare! I sometimes have lists of ideas and other times have absolutely nothing 🙁 #bigpinklink

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