For the past few days, I’ve been experiencing a case of writer’s block. I’ve been trying to figure out why, but it would seem that my writer’s block has extended to include that portion of my brain. I was worried at first that I would end up wasting time, using my writer’s block as an excuse. As time has gone on, however, I’ve found other ways of staying productive; and I’ve learned some important things along the way.
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Quality is More Important Than Quantity
We’ve all heard this over and over again, but it’s still so difficult to remember. Writing often is important, but it needs to be good writing. More words might lead to more exposure, but that exposure won’t get you anywhere if people lose interest due to shoddy workmanship. It’s okay to withhold something you’ve written until you’re sure it’s good enough. That being said, it’s not okay to use this as an excuse to keep putting it off because it’s not good enough yet. Sometimes you’re trying to get it right, but other times you’re just stalling. It’s up to you to figure out which is which.
Websites have to be Backed Up
I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me before this side adventure in staying productive, but websites need to be backed up. It turns out the Internet isn’t foolproof. It’s still susceptible to people, like me, who struggle with technology. Backing everything up is a way to stay safe from my own stupidity; I won’t lose all of my work when I accidentally destroy my website.
Seeing how I’ve struggled with the technical side of things thus far, I assumed figuring out how to back up my website would be difficult. I was right, of course. Each time I thought I had it figured out, I ran into a new roadblock. Rather than settle for the first possible solution though, I decided to keep digging and do things right. This was one case where being indecisive may have actually helped me. I now know how to back up my site manually; something I’ve never given any thought before.
Staying Productive Through Other Projects
Within the Realm of Indecision lies the Valley of Neglected Ideas. Over the years, these two have always seemed to come as a package deal. I have no lack of ideas, but I do have a lack of ambition and drive. I have a hard time deciding if any of my ideas are worthwhile or likely to be successful, which keeps me from putting them into action. Yet, the only way to find out if an idea will be fruitful is to put it into action. Writer’s block might make staying productive in writing difficult, but it doesn’t have to keep you from getting other work done.
Do you have a lot of stuff you don’t really need lying around? Maybe going through everything is one of those projects you’ve been neglecting that you now have time to complete. You might think after having just moved I wouldn’t have much unnecessary junk lying around. You’d be wrong. It astounds me how quickly things can accumulate. Even if you don’t have anything you can get rid of, Going through your stuff won’t necessarily be a waste of time. You never know when you might come across something that could jolt you out of your writer’s block.
Reading Isn’t a Waste of Time
I believe reading is an excellent means of staying productive when you can’t think of anything to write about. It can help you formulate some ideas of your own; just make sure you’re not plagiarizing or too closely imitating someone else’s ideas. Some reading materials are educational and informative, which helps keep the gears turning and could give you some new ideas. Reading also exposes you to different writing styles and can help make you more aware of your own style.
It’s Always an Adventure
If I’ve learned anything about writer’s block over the years it’s that no two cases are ever the same. Snapping out of it is almost always a challenge, and sometimes you have to force yourself to write even if nothing comes to mind. It’s easy to use writer’s block as an excuse to waste time and lounge around, but you’re not helping yourself if you allow this to be the case. Staying productive might be challenging, but it isn’t impossible. Stay busy and keep an open mind; you might be surprised by the results.