I brainstorm. I plan.
I write crappy content. I edit. I polish. I format. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.
A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. Even a 5-minute break can re-energize your thinking, ignite your creativity, and motivate your writing.
Anything you fight, after all, fights you back. I just try to coerce, persuade, encourage, bribe, and trick myself into returning to work. PS Thank you to Jeremy Weber who inspired this post. Now check your email to confirm your subscription. I never have writers block, its simply fake created inside your mind keep your imagination flowing and just write! I think gathering more resources can help too.
Be kind to yourself! My two articles just went into article graveyard. Right now, extremely tired of researching or re-writing on any topic. But it surprises me whenever I write journal or emails, ideas just pop out, words come up and writing flows smoothly.
I never feel fatigued. Why did the two articles go into the article graveyard? Were you setting the bar too high for yourself? Were you afraid of what other people might say? Thank you!
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Hi Henneke, Thanks for posting an amazing blog. The visual illustrations are really nice and go perfectly with a well tailored article. Such things really help people like us. It is easy to remember a rote piece of content and integrate it into a story. This basically requires deductive construction that is best facilitated by taking breaks and diversions and letting imaginative processes come to the fore.
It was a matter of assembling the material, analyzing it, and drawing conclusions. Quite different from dreaming up a blog post, which is more creative. Hi Henneke!
One of the courses I teach is about overcoming procrastination and you have totally hit the nail on the head in graphic form! Thanks for sharing. Hi Henneke, These tips are really good. I liked the infographic that you have shared in your post. Thanks for the share. Great post! This decreases the pressure to write the perfect sentence. Super helpful tips! What also helps me is just starting with the easy parts of a blog post.
I often skip the opening paragraph and write it once the post is nearly done. This is why taking breaks is a great way to refuel and refocus. The anewest are usually all around us! BTW, Loved your drawings, Henneke!
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I hope you know how lucky you are! I once started an illustrated guide for solo-preneurs, but abandoned it due to time constraints. But I feel my colored pencils calling me, so perhaps I can pick up that project again …. Thanks again Henneke for a great blog and the Ira Glass quote.
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I spend a fair amount of time working on chapter structure before writing in Word, but I still find my first draft is crap. I also like printing hard copies to review my work. I also find it easier to proofread a hard copy. Its quite a little game we play in our heads to keep us from writing. Not to mention good enough, amazing and wonderful.
Waiting for the thing that cannot be improved and cannot be criticized keeps us from beginning. Thanks for this great post-Henneke! The illustrations are outstanding! This was when I was starting out. Thank you for your compliment on my drawing, Andrew. I appreciate it. I relate to letting the first draft, or more, to be crappy. Or seemingly so. And giving myself brain breaks. I often make soup on my writing day. It feels part of my creative process. Love your cartoon too!
Cooking like walking or cycling is a good way for me to get away from my computer and think about what I want to write.
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Often fresh ideas pop into my mind when cooking. Love it, I was about 7 yrs old, when I decided to be a writer as well as an artist. I have published dozens of articles in newspapers, was Photo Editor of 6 newspapers for 9 yrs. I prefer using a computer now as it makes it so much easier to edit. But I can see the benefit of a distraction-free typewriter! This quote from Ira Glass speaks to my heart. There was a time when I listened to it every month. I found the same thing with drawing.
Every one says that. Is that something that should lift you out of your misery, I doubt that very much. Please do not take that as criticism I just thought that I would not be the only one thinking that way.
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Thank you for the mail, you know I love you and your blog. Works like a charm! Love it! But then I just ended up fighting and beating up on myself, the idea of self-compassion never occurred to me. Thank you for that. Also, your drawings, composition and communication from your artwork is amazing, I can see how drawing is kind of an artistic mind map allowing you to get your ideas out and to crystallize.
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