I’ve written a blog post every day for 2 and a half years. Here’s how I never got creative block

Every day I do my thing.

I write.

Writing is something that I do because I enjoy it. 

That’s not to say I never get stuck on my words.

I get stuck every day of the year. 

Every day when I’m faced with a blank page, I have a moment of stuck.

What do I write about? 

How am I going to write it? 

Will it be interesting?

Whatever might hold value.

By scribbling it out and editing later (and only once).

It will only be interesting to only a few.

I see creative block as a psychological barrier to one’s own production.

Nothing’s actually stopping you, but yourself.

All your tools are there, it’s just you (really).

The goal of the block is to make you stop.

Meanwhile, you should make every effort to not listen to it. 

Don’t stop for the block.

Facing the Dreaded Blank Page

The project you wanted to start—but didn’t.

The feeling is pulling at you, isn’t it.

There’s a pressure to begin, but you don’t know how.

Familiar with the feeling?

It’s the feeling of a blank page you hesitate to fill up because you worry about imperfections.

You might be tempted to stop before you even begin. It’s easier this way.

But everyone who’s faced a dreaded blank page knows that the secret to overcoming a blank is to start with the smallest step forward. 

It’s not to write an entire essay, or a paragraph, or even a sentence. The smallest step forward would be to jot down a note. Something incomplete, rough, and workable.

Writer’s Block—Now What?

Not being sure what to write about has its moments.

But letting the feeling of not knowing what to write take over—that’s how we go into writer’s block.

“I want to write but I just don’t know what to write about” is what you say for the next 3 and a half months, but what really is going on is that you’re being too much of a perfectionist. 

On Creative Block

Sometimes the feeling is: 

I can’t create anything because I don’t have any ideas coming to mind.

And sometimes the feeling is: 

There are so many ideas but I’m too overwhelmed to commit to all of them.

When it comes to getting over creative block, anything is better than nothing.

And when creative block isn’t an issue, it might be a good idea to begin and commit to just one.

How Do You Know When?

“I’ll know it when I see it” is not good at being helpful or clear.

So how do we know when it’s good enough? How can we be so sure it’s ready to take towards the next step?

Bad, rough, unfinished, non-perfected, ugly ideas might feel wrong to accept and publish, because it hasn’t been refined yet, but slaving away for perfect hardly gives you a chance to win the hearts of your audience.

The solution is to take a rough idea forward. It’s not what schools teach and reward, but it’s more effective at finding what might be good, what might click with hundreds of others, and what could give you your creative breakthrough when you’re feeling stuck.