How I Cured Writer’s Paralysis

I started this blog three years ago for two reasons:

  1. I wanted a place to document what I was learning about at work and in life.
  2. In high school, I started to get really passionate about writing. I continued to follow the passion through college by getting an minor in English. When school was over, I started my marketing career and was aware that writing could take a back seat. I was no longer taking a dedicated class anymore that had required writing. I started this blog highly motivated to continue to hone the craft of writing, while sharing knowledge, learnings, and thoughts along the way.

At times, I’ve written a lot on here; other times I haven’t written as much. At times, I have had fun writing articles for this blog, and at times I have put pressure on myself to get things out and realized I wasn’t having much fun. When it hasn’t been fun, I suffered from writing paralysis.

I’d still get ideas for topics, but I’d make every excuse possible to avoid sitting down at the computer to type up the idea into a post. I call this writing paralysis. Where the ideas flow and you want to get going on them but you can’t execute the actual act of writing. I got writing paralysis during my academic career too, but I also had a deadline for getting papers done that helped push me to get going. With a personal blog where there are no deadlines (just a heavy reliance on self-motivation) writing paralysis creeps in.

Enter my one tip for curing writing paralysis.

Lately, I have tricked myself into writing by pulling out my phone, opening my note-taking app (Evernote), and writing about a topic that is on my mind. I have now written blog posts on my phone from my bed, my couch, and on the train. Not only have a written posts, but I have brainstormed thoughts and sequences for posts as well.

Prior to this, I would have expected myself to be at a laptop with Microsoft Word open crafting each idea one step at a time. That is a lovely way to write too, but it wasn’t always working for me and it was stalling execution.

Give this spontaneous writing a try if you have a desire to write but are’t actually sitting down to get it done.

Note: I acknowledge that typing on the phone is not always easy. Fingers tapping a small screen make it annoying and inconvenient. If you stay with it, it might get easier. If it continues to suck, then this tip is not for you.

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