Sometimes this happens. I sit in front of the computer and I just sit here. Seriously, I sit here and stare at the screen. Seriously, I do. At times I just walk away from my computer. I close the lab top and walk away. Yes, it's true. And sometimes I do alternative things on the Internet. Ummm, you know what those are... Facebook. Twitter. Email. Read and comment on my favorite blogs. The usual, right?! Right. I entertain myself if you will.
Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I dont' have anything to say, I do. I have a lot to say.
I am...ummm, stuck!
Oh my goodness. Am I really?
I think I am. Ugh. This isn't good. Nope, it really isn't.
The funny part is that I have plenty of ideas written down on my trusty yellow legal pad or my "idea" notebook. Mind you, I typically carry these both with me at all times. Well, just about.
Lately, I've been pondering "why" I haven't been able to write. And why, I can't write regularly? So, I did a little research and found a few interesting tidbits. Also, I headed over to my go-to writing blog, The Writerly Life, for inspiration, an explanation of sorts and a bit of direction.
So, this is what I came up with after reviewing the research.
I am afraid. I over think. I worry. I stress. I revise. I proofread. I revise again.
I am consumed with what the reader (you) will think. Will you like it, hate it, love it? Will you critique me? Eeeek! This is horrible. I am admitting my deepest, darkest fears on ...this & that...
Candidly, I think I might write too much. I mean share too much of me or someone else close to me. Reveal too many details. What if I do and you don't like it? Or worse, someone in my personal life reads it and is offended. Hmmm...? See, I told you I overthink this. However, this here article, sums up my little problem in it's entirety and gave me quite the ah-ha moment. Yes, it really did. Go ahead and take a peek and tell me what you think, it's awesome!
I've decided to... set a weekly writing goal, step away from my writing or re-direct myself. And candidly, I just need to get over it, all of it, and just write! Yep, just write.
And last but not least, I will remember that I am not the only one out there who this happens to. All writer's experience this. Do you? What do you when your stuck?