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?