Ya Got Me

Ever sat down to write your weekly/biweekly blog post . . . to find yourself gawking at the laptop screen?  Annoying, ain’t it?  That Wednesday post I normally write in advance was so not coming.

At this juncture, I’m awaiting the design of four e-book covers (was in the works but the $ ask is now too high, so they’re in limbo for the moment) plus the formatting of “Forever Poi” (soon to be in the works, but definitely on the table).  A few new looks are on the horizon, not just with said books, but blog, too . . . hopefully.  When those [finally] happen, here’s to a new approach and attitude.

In the meanwhile, ya got me.  I was stumped and scratchin’ the ol’ noggin, wondering what the heck to post about.  But then, lo and behold, as if a sturdy coconut tumbled from a palm tree and conked me on the cranium, it came.  Eureka, the next post! wpscratchboxabb

Why not provide one that features a few videos about . . . yup . . . what to blog/post about when . . . yup . . . you’ve got nothing to blog/post about.

So, my friends, I thought we’d start with a quick, straightforward one entitled “4 Mistakes You Make When Posting Video on Your Blog” by Rocky Walls.  At a little over two minutes, Rocky provides some simple and sound pointers.

“How to Overcome Writer’s Block” featuring Jenna Moreci is kind of fun/funny.  Perky and pretty, this woman talks fast . . . and talks a decent game, too.  If you don’t care for “cuss words”, you may not want to tune in (but 3K+ viewers were fine with it).  In fact, she has a few inspiring YouTube vids re writing, so give her a gander.

Diane Callahan’s “17 Cures for Writer’s Block” has a more professional approach, kind of like watching an informative program on the Discovery or History channel.  It’s an easy 14 minutes to watch: the visuals are as crisp and clear as Diane’s soothing, instructive voice.

Cute animation and a wry sense of humor in four-minute “WRITER’S BLOCK – Terrible Writing Advice” makes for a worthy watch.  And that terrible writing advice makes total sense—why not wallow in self-pity?  <LOL>  I’ll be looking for more of J.P. Beaubien’s stuff.  He prompted a [much-needed] enjoyable chuckle.

You know what?  I’m going to add that to the to-do list: make a YouTube vid.  . . . As soon as I watch one on how to make one.

Writer’s Block can B a Bitch

For those easily offended, sorry for the “b” word . . . but, man, writer’s [and blogger’s] block can be just that.

Sometimes, it’s because ideas are bumping around in your brain like out-of-control bumper cars.  Other times, it’s because you’re experiencing a dry spell as arid as the Mojave Desert.  In both instances, focus is proving as clear as the Big Muddy.

Other excuses, uh, reasons include:

  • scheduling/timing, anxiety, dog walking, kitty litter changing, shopping, eating, vacuuming (pick one, any one).

There are several ways to defeat writer’s/blogger’s block and they’re painless, even enjoyable.

My fav: take a walk.  (Ideas come when I’m strolling with no destination in mind.)

Similarly, get out of the house/condo/apartment and enter a different space and head place, like a lounge or gym or park.

Do something creative or entertaining: play a game, color/draw, maybe watch a motivating or encouraging flick.  Music’s nice, too (Christian R&B works for me, but if Five Finger Death Punch does it for you, go for it).

Daydream—about the story and characters, your future, an ideal vacation, the upcoming long weekend, or that perfect world.  Engage the ol’ gray matter.

Jot down words, ideas, or character sketches.  Or record what you’re feeling and thinking (do some free-flow writing).

Talk to someone . . . or the dog, cat or parrot.  Chatting aloud, even with yourself, can take you places (and, no, they won’t be taking you away with a butterfly net).

Search for inspiration.  The folks I follow on Twitter tweet amazing sayings and stunning photos.  After viewing a few of those, I’m feelin’ uplifted and very fine.

Hopefully, one of these options will work.  If not, go looking for something that will . . . like I just did (writing about the writer’s/blogger’s block I was experiencing today).

Ending words: don’t give up.  Persevere.  You’ve got it within you.  Stick to it!  And, above all, keep the faith.

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