My Blog Was Due on Monday, That Was Three Days Ago…
Mar 20, 2014
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Here at the BookLogix office we have a nice rotation schedule for each department to complete blogs that help you get a better feel for the book publishing process. In essence, one of the great aspects of my workday is having the outlet to narrate a blog that helps to express not only my love for my job, but also my commitment to any client who walks through the BookLogix doors (not feeling sorry for me, are you?).
With all of this being said: I must point out once again that this very blog installment you are reading now, in truth, was delivered late to my Editor—three whole days late, to be exact!
Like any writing project, no matter how big or small, the fact of the matter is: Writer’s Block (or WB) can come at any time.
As a writer at heart, I can empathize with the fact that for most Authors, their joy and privilege of putting together a final piece of work comes only after a list of other priorities. Most first-time authors are dealing with a job, a family, social relationships, personal struggles, and all that leaves few hours of the day to think on—much less work on—their desired writing project. Add to that the complications of writer’s block and you’re dealing with a hurdle that seems only accomplishable by Paul Bunion type characters.
The beauty of writing any type of work, be it fictional or factual, is that you get to add you own flair to it—and that flair is what sets you apart from any other author out there. And while at times our personal flair flows as easily as Niagara Falls, at other times it is as pitch dry—California, right now.
In my case the loss of flair and the demanding schedule all culminates; and in no time flat, the dreaded WB has ensued. Simply put, this is a common obstacle for any writer—but there are steps to bring you back from the block.
1. Most importantly—do not rush yourself.
Stress is already inevitable in life, why add it to your writing process? If/when WB creeps up on you—just breathe. Sometimes taking a step back from your work is the best time to find inspiration, clarity, and cohesiveness in your writing process.
2. Carry a “Thought Journal” for the inspiration that reaches out to you amongst your daily routine.
As a freelance writer, I used to be the Queen of “book writing” throughout my day and I cannot even say how many restaurant napkins endured my penning of thoughts and notes.
While this idea of jotting down quick thoughts was fantastic, at the end of the day my scribbled notes were nothing more than smeared and chaotic ponders that rarely made any sense when sitting down to actually write.
Yes—we never know when inspiration will strike (between the carpool and the business luncheon), but to beat the loss of thought processing, a quick note to self in a journal designated for this part of the writing process is key. Something about ruled paper or a word document screen will hold you to more accountability than just the flimsy integrity of a restaurant’s paper drink coaster—this I promise you.
3. Create and Adhere to a schedule for your writing process.As stated in the beginning of this blog installment, I myself have a schedule for my own writing process—and even still, WB attacked that schedule with a pretty big bite. However, due to the fact I already had a schedule in play, I was held accountable to my writing work. Amongst all the demands of my day, my schedule held the need for me to take a step back, jot down a few musing thoughts in my thought Journal, and at best I came out 3 days behind schedule, instead of weeks off the mark.
In closing, don’t let Writer’s Block be the tear down to your writing process. My 3 steps to beating WB are of course, only suggestions, but I hope they add to the success of your finalized writing project. Please keep in mind, if even at times the work flows simple and easy, there are the moments when it dries up—but do not let hope be lost, for even the Grand Canyon, though barren and dry, is only the product of a forceful sweeping river.