Whether we call ourselves writers, bloggers, or entrepreneurs there’s no denying the horrible existence of writer’s block. We may be trying to write a blog post, a freelance writing assignment, a social media message, or a welcome series email when we need to so desperately overcome writer’s block to move forward.
Undoubtedly, mothers have a harder time with writer’s block, because of the million other worries/things flying around inside our brains. In between worrying about our children, household, finances, chores, extracurricular activities, it’s no wonder writer’s block hits right in the middle of working on our business.
Mothers have a completely different mental load to carry outside of writing.
Luckily, I’ve created a short list proven to move you past the bump in the road and overcome writer’s block whenever it occurs. Do a couple of these items on the list, and you’ll be writing again in no time.
Ditch the Mom Guilt
The number one thing that stops me from writing has got to be mom guilt. I don’t know why, but my husband can spend 45 minutes in the bathroom at a time without any guilt and I feel guilty taking an hour to myself so I can write. I think it’s something all moms probably need to work up to and work on: overcoming mom guilt.
Perhaps you simply getting some time on your own is mentally halting your writing. Are you thinking about what your kids are doing? Are you wondering if they need you? Trust me, they’re fine! Now, get writing before someone interrupts your writing after the flow begins.
I know your alone time is precious, and you’ve only got so much free time to work on your writing and business. At times, it may feel tempting to binge a television show or scroll Facebook for an hour catching up on current events (mostly funny parenting memes let’s be real). If you’re working on your writing and business from home, then you’ve got to fight the urge.
Turn your phone on airplane mode, delete apps from your screen, sign out of Netflix. Do whatever you’ve got to do to focus on writing. This time of yours is precious, and you do not need the distractions of electronics to get in your way. Basically, unplug so you can overcome writer’s block and reach your goals. (Yeeees, Queen).
Have you ever got that jittery feeling when you sit down to work or write? Your mind is racing and you can’t seem to keep on track or stay still? Well, here’s where exercise can help immensely!
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood
- Complete a half hour of yoga
- Lift some weights
- Get an hour of working out in at the gym, and utilize gym daycare if that’s available
Sometimes, overcoming writer’s block just takes some exercise to clear your mind and get your blood pumping. Also, while you workout you can use the time to think about your writing and the next steps to take.
Just because you’re a mom does not mean you need to be a martyr for your family. Yup, I just went there.
You cannot do it all without a break no matter how much you may try. Please, take some time for yourself every day. Like I said before, mothers carry a completely different mental load outside of work and writing. Even if it’s 15 minutes to read a book or 30 minutes to soak in the tub, you’ll see a little self-care can go a long way.
The mental break self-care gives you will free up some space in your mind and will help your creativity flourish in order to overcome writer’s block.
Stop Thinking About your Children
This tip may be a tough one, but try not thinking about your children in order overcome writer’s block. Search for writing prompts to practice writing about different topics besides parenting, motherhood or family. Even if these topics are your specialty for freelance writing or your blog stop writing about your children. In addition, writing about unfamiliar topics can help you grow as a writer and person. Who doesn’t want that!?
Think About your Children
So, you tried super hard to not think about your children, but you simply cannot seem to focus on other topics. Use this “problem” to your advantage and do some free writing in a journal. You can write about your day, what your kids have been up to, what you’re learning about being a mother, etc.
Sometimes embracing another topic of writing can open up your mind to write about other topics down the road. Even though you may not be using your free time to get what you wanted accomplished for your writing, journaling will help overcome writer’s block so you can accomplish more writing later.
Turn Up the Music or Interesting Podcasts
How do you get inspired when you’re not writing? I enjoy listening to music or podcasts from fellow entrepreneurs and bloggers. Kate Doster has a podcast called “Inbox Besties” where she talks all about building an email list and a relationship with your subscribers. Or you can sit back and explore these 5 best podcasts for female entrepreneurs. Either way, you’ll for sure be inspired to get writing again.
Use Car Rides to your Advantage
What do parents often find themselves doing? I’ll answer that: driving in the car! Instead of thinking of all the time in the car as a disadvantage or time-waster, you can think of it as a benefit. Use this time to clear your head, have one-on-one conversations with your kids, think about future goals and writing, or jam out to music.
Push Past your Comfort Zone
Are you used to simply accomplishing one writing task and that’s it? For example, do you mainly write and publish blog posts? If writing blog posts is what you mainly do, then create a new writing experience to push you past your comfort zone.
- Create an email series to send to your subscribers
- Pitch to a publication you’d love to write for
- Start that novel you’ve always wanted to write
Add something new to your writing to overcome writer’s block and use more of your creativity power.
Go Off Routine
Motherhood is very much figuring out a routine and sticking to it. Writer’s block can definitely form because of this fact. Think about it. If you’re not doing anything out of the ordinary or excitingly new, then where is your inspiration going to spring from?
This is why I like to “go off routine” at least once or twice a month. You’d be surprised what an adventure day in the wilderness or stay-cation without kids can do for your mind and spirit.
I hope this list of ideas will help you next time writer’s block hits. It’s no fun finally having free time to write and create only to sit in front of your computer screen racking your brain for ideas to flow out.
What do you do to overcome writer’s block? I’d love to know in the comments.
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer