Tuesday, 27 August 2013

This might be a cop out but...

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Uh oh! That dreaded moment you read about has happened. I've got writer's block. When I started this blog I promised myself I would post twice a week, more if I had a lot to share. In some cases routine works for me and I knew that routine was needed for me to carry on posting, it gives me momentum. So far, this has worked well. 

But this week I have been racking my brains for a topic to write about but have drawn a complete blank! I wondered about many topics: tips, inspiration, updates, fabric choices, plans, preparation but realised that all of them need more time to craft the posts than I currently have. All of these ideas were added to the list of half baked posts that may or may not make it. I then thought about a picture only post but somehow it felt like a cop out (I'm not sure this post is much better!) even though I love these from others bloggers. 

So rather than missing a post this week, I thought I would turn to my fellow bloggers in the hope that I, and other, would learn something. What you do when you when you are struggling to write a post? How do you keep the momentum going? I really would love to know! 

14 comments:

  1. I totally understand how you feel, I often have that "Oh my goodness, I've got nothing to say" feeling.

    Some times I seem to have loads of ideas floating around, then other times nothing. I was discussing this with someone else not long ago, and she suggested that during the "prolific" times, I shouldn't post every idea, but keep a few by me, either as draft posts, or in a notebook somewhere, so that if that feeling strikes I've got something to fall back on.

    I know that doesn't help you now, but maybe for the future?

    Also, don't beat yourself up if you can't come up with the number of posts you intended to write - this is most of all supposed to be fun!

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    1. Good tip, this is one area I need to learn some patience!

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  2. I think Sam's idea is spot on. Some stuff is topical and can't wait, but some posts can be, err, posted at any time. I try and go one further and write but not publish posts during my prolific moods. I might want to rewrote it later, but at least most of the work is done.

    I promised myself one post per week when I started. I've written over 50 posts in 7 months, so if I need to, I take a break. If I have nothing to say, or even just don't have the time or energy, I just don't. For me it's got to be enjoyable and I need to be happy withy standard of writing. If I'm not feeling it, or am too tired or stressed to write (which I am just now - it's been over a week since my last post), I just leave it.

    Don't feel guilty. We will miss you, but at least we know nothing is wrong. And we can wait til you get your blog-jo back! X

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    1. Thanks Helen, I like the idea of writing more when feeling prolific. Maybe I'll jot them down in a place where the publish button isn't featured!

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  3. It's not a cop out (even this post and the comments on it will probably help others having the same problems!), but even if it was, we'd forgive you because the 'Help!' is written in buttons!

    Some thoughts:
    1. Don't feel bad about it. If you start feeling guilty that you haven't written one, or feeling like you HAVE to, then it becomes a chore and no longer enjoyable, and you'll feel more under pressure to write one, and probably less able to. I have thought about trying to do x number of posts a week, but decided that I already have enough things in my life giving me deadlines, placing demands on my time, and stressing me out that I haven't done them, that I didn't want one more to add to it. I write my blog because I enjoy it, and I want to do it, and as soon as I end up forcing myself, then that kind of detracts from the point! If you write a half-hearted one just because you feel you have to get something up, it's probably not going to make you feel much better.

    2. Every time you have an idea for a future blog post, write it down, straight away (I have a goldfish memory!), and either keep the list in one place, or email each idea to yourself as you have it, so you don't lose/forget them again! If you can get some of it written at the time, or some notes made, so much the better, but you don't need to post it straight away.

    3. If you are going through a run of having lots of good idea and writing lots of posts, don't publish them all at once, save some for when you have less to say. I know it's hard when you have something really exciting you want to share, but it's like storing food up for the winter when there's a good harvest! I like to publish posts about what I've made pretty much as I write them, as I think they tell a story, but I have a few others in reserve (in various stages - just an idea, half written, completely done) that I can post when I don't have anything new to post about, and are more reference posts than part of my sewing story.

    4. Think of other things you can write posts about - tutorials on new techniques you've learnt, things that have inspired you etc.

    5. {one from the boyfriend} Blog iterative improvements - you don't have to have something new to write about, blog an update on something you've written about before.

    Hope that is of some help, and you find your writing mojo again! Just don't worry about it, you want to enjoy writing posts, and we'll all still be here :)

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    1. I love the idea of becoming a squirrel! The updates idea is a good one too.

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    2. Evernote is a really useful way to capture ideas as you go. I have the app installed on my iPhone, my home laptop, and rather illegally my work laptop. Means I can jot ideas down when I have them, like makesewdo suggests. Then they are all in one place. You can write/half-write them there too, with no fear of accidentally publishing!

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    3. I've haven't used Evernote but I do need something that is linked across devices. I'm still attached to using pen and paper which isn't very helpful when you misplace a loose piece of paper!

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  4. There are lots of great suggestions made already, so I won't add much, except to say that all creative enterprises are 99% perspiration, 1 % inspiration. Blocks come because people expect ideas to just come - but I find that just sitting and writing anything usually frees things up. I have blocks, but I just work through them. Improvise, free thinking, something you see out on the street/garden/wherever - all sources of ideas.

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    1. Interesting, I'll give writing anything a go next time.

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  5. I'm afraid I can't be much help because I have the same problem, but I do sympathise. I try to post a couple of times a week but sometimes I'm struggling to post even once. With me though it's more about finding the time to sit down and write, especially when I have to choose between blogging and actually sewing. There are some great tips above though, I think I need to start hoarding posts when I do get time.

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    1. Oh yes, finding the time! Luckily I can use my lunch break for the first draft if I need to - quite a lot of posts have been written at work and tidied up at home but I know this doesn't work for everyone.

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  6. I'm still pretty new to this (and trying to fit sewing/blogging around looking after 2 children and a new baby!) but I find photos are the key for me. I try to remember to take pictures of things I think may be interesting as they occur to me. Then when I upload my pics I can scan through for ideas to post about. Often the photos tell their own story which means you don't have to spend a lot of time writing.

    I really like makesewdo's point about revisiting a post. I'm thinking of maybe reviewing a pattern/sewing experience once I've had a chance to 'test drive' a garment to see what I really think about it!

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    1. Your photo idea is such a good one! I might try that and maybe take it to Pinterest too.

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