I was just reading an old post by Seth Godin, He was talking about how to get over writers block. I hear this time and time again from writers who constantly think ‘what should I blog about’.
Seth says that in comparison no one ever gets talker’s block. Of course some people do, ever been on one of those horrible dates when you have nothing in common, or you are stuck in a lift with someone with as much personality as Mr Bean?
But Seth argues that no one ever wakes up in a morning, to discover that he or she has absolutely nada to say and therefore sits quietly, for days, weeks and month until one mystical day the light switch turns on and the writer’s block endemic is over?
So why do do people find themselves saying what should I blog about, and why is it different to talkers block? The one fundamental difference; is that we always have things to talk about, because we are in the constant HABIT of talking all the time.
The thing with talking, is that we don’t really have to think about what comes out of our mouths too much, we can talk about anything, we can talk to anyone, sometimes when we talk about the same things that are of interest to us, we start to become recognized as a specialist in a particular field.
The more we talk, the better we get at it and the more confident we get….can you see where I am heading? The fateful phrase of What should I blog about, could start to become a thing of the past when we apply the same principles that we have come to expect when learning how to talk confidently.
Writer’s block really isn’t that difficult to overcome….
Whilst the perfectionists among us will tell us that we have to get things spot on, before we can grace OUR pages with OUR words, I am going to tell you to JUST DO IT. Write poorly if you have to….and keep writing poorly in public until you get better at it.
Seth Godin, believes everyone should write in public, that they should get a blog, or use squidoo, tumbler or other platform. That if they don’t wish to be known from the off, they could use a pen name and just get comfortable with their medium. I have to say I agree 100%. For when we regularly write there is only one thing that can happen and that is we get better. No longer will you be saying what should I blog about.
Turn of comments if you are worried about criticism, but building a thick skin is another attribute you might want to consider in the long run. Next…write every day! I know it sounds like a lot, but the more we write, the easier it gets and the quicker we get. If we don’t do something every single day, it will have less chance of becoming a habit.
But what should I blog about?
Literally anything….what you see in the world, what you want to achieve, how to do something, answer a question, how you are feeling, what makes you tick. Not sure how much? Do what feels right, keep your writing flowing and when it comes to a natural end….STOP! Heck even anything as short of a paragraph is better than nothing at all.
Write like you talk. Often.
To Your Success,
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