Writer’s Block = Silent Blog

If you have been a regular reader of my blog (I applaud you for your good taste if so) you will have noticed that typically I like to post once a week, usually at weekends. Lately this has become harder because for the past month I have been suffering from a bad case of writer’s block. I find myself lacking in inspiration and motivation in equal measure and every time I try to start writing something I find that the words I type are as wooden and as lacking in charm as Fifty Shades of Grey. On second thoughts maybe I shouldn’t delete my work because if people will read that they will surely read anything but the lack of any ideas is deeply troubling to my usually fertile imagination.

Here’s the thing; I should have no lack of suitable subject matter at the moment. I turn 30 this weekend and I could write an irritatingly smug post about how I’ve yet to find a grey hair or an irritatingly inspirational post about how I’m going to change my life for the better because I’ve realised that my metabolism won’t keep up with the amount of chocolate I eat any more. The best idea that I came up with for that post, however, was that there is a tree in the White Mountains of California that is believed to be 5000 years old so 30 years is a drop in the ocean. I repeat, that was the best idea, imagine how bad the other ones were. I deleted the nascent post faster than Hilary Clinton deleting her emails.

As an expat who posts chiefly about my new life in the US, I like to write about the differences between our (mostly) great countries, and share amusing anecdotes like when people ask me if I’m French, or if I had the Queen over for dinner when I lived in England. But even the deep and usually overflowing well of encounters with Americans is currently running dry. I can only hope that I bump into someone this weekend who asks me if I’ve met Doctor Who so that I have something, anything to write about. So I’m reaching out to my awesome fellow WordPress bloggers for inspiration; what inspires you to write and how have you got over writer’s block in the past?

15 thoughts on “Writer’s Block = Silent Blog

  1. I went through a dry spell recently as well. I do not force myself to write when I have a block, though I know other writers will say it is best to do so. I go out into the public and accidentally overhear (ok, eavesdrop) conversations. I can usually catch a phrase or an offhand comment that stirs something. Taverns often provide good material. 😉 You did just write a clever and amusing post, though, so I’m not sure you’ve too much to worry about. 🙂

  2. Like fillyourownglass I think you just did write an amusing post (not making fun of your writer’s block here), so nothing to worry about.
    Whether you’re a “text” blogger or a food blogger like myself, every once in a while inspiration will just not come, no matter how hard you’re wanting it to. In the beginnings of my blog I felt like you do now, but I’ve learned to just let it go and think “It’s MY blog, and I can post or not.” Taking it easy, not being too frustrated about it all, and relaxing is the best thing, for me at least; inspiration will always come back.

    1. Thanks for the tip, I guess I am letting it frustrate me too much at the moment and I guess I need to relax and wait for the inspiration to come, rather than stressing about it! 🙂

  3. At the moment every time I have an idea I write it down in my special ideas book. Then if I lose inspiration I can just have a look through it. Another thing I do is start occasional series so if I can’t think what to write one day I’ll just do another in my series. Eg one is called Memorable Journey’s. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day – any inspiration there? Or I form an idea from something I read in the news or online eg the Guardian article that’s going the rounds at the moment that claims expats are all white and everyone else is called immigrants. ..

    1. Those are all really good ideas, I already have a notebook which I use to jot down ideas as they occur and I agree it can be really helpful. The series idea is a great one and I hadn’t really looked into doing that before so I’m going to consider starting one! I’ve just found the Guardian article you are referring to and it definitely provides a lot of food for thought. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  4. Aakansha

    I’ve been through writer’s block several times and I’ve come out victorious, I have to say. It’s rather simple, just pay more attention to what is happening in you life. Sometimes in the spur of the moment or in the ordinary course of life we don’t pay attention to something ‘worth writing’ that just happened.

    I was almost going to quit blogging as I had lost all interest and motivation, but I carried on anyway. So please don’t quit, if you need any more reason, there are people like me who love reading your stuff and your fascinating take on life in America.

    Take a break if you want, but don’t quit.

    -Aakansha. 🙂

    1. I agree with you, I am constantly on the lookout for big things that are happening and missing a lot of the small things that are worth writing about. I should start paying more attention to my surroundings! Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, it’s really helpful to have some when I’m finding the writing a bit of a struggle. 🙂

  5. blondieaka

    Well for having writers block the blog wasn’t bad..lol…I can’t really offer any advice ( at the moment) as my fingers I have realised are an extension of my mouth..my words….mmmm…so good luck oh and how’s the snow? liked that one 🙂

  6. Can’t help. Writers block wasn’t a good idea when working on newspapers so I’m afraid I can always write about something. Like you, I like to provide ex-pat tales amongst others. I enjoy reading others’ experiences however basic it is. And, everyone goes through that new decade experience so that’s good too (I wrote about my 40th, 30 meant nothing of significance to me).

    Or, if you want to take time out, do that too. Your blog, your rules.

    1. Ah if you worked in newspapers you must be a pro at handling the lack of inspiration issue. I’m toying with the idea of having a break but I’m going to give some of the tips I’ve been given this weekend a try first 🙂

      1. Yeah. When you have to concoct a front page lead out of nothing, you can pretty much write anything about anything. Maybe you should imagine an evil editor standing over your shoulder 😀

  7. Hmm, have you covered all aspects of the language barrier? What you prefer about the US? About the UK? Which things have surprised you because they are too different or too similar? What do you miss about Devon? What don’t you miss? Favourite beers? Favourite ciders?\

    I did write about writer’s block some time ago, but it’s mostly about what happens when you hit the wall writing fiction. It might help you.


    1. Some good ideas there, I have a “what I prefer” kind of post that has been half written for about a month and I can’t make it work! I am strongly tempted to try the “get out of your comfort zone” you included in your post.

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