Why can’t I just start journaling??
My best guest: Because you are trying to do it perfectly.
Because despite being inspired by someone else’s words, loving them, wanting to be like them, when it comes to being yourself, you freeze.
Here’s what turned me around:
When I started out on a new journey in my life, I had some doubts and confusion in my heart. An online friend gave me a coaching session. The game-changing question she asked me was, “Are you a perfectionist?” Yep, I have that tendencey. Her reply?
“When we are a perfectionist, we are full of knowing, and nothing new can come in.”
WOW. That blew me away. It still amazes me, years later.
I decided to trust my heart. To move forward one step at a time, to ask “stupid questions”, to be open to something new.
It changed everything.
So back to your writing block:
Every writer on the planet has—or has had—a writing block at some point in their life. (Okay, PROBABLY every writer.) There are many reasons, but I’m guessing most are afraid of doing it wrong. Afraid it won’t matter. Afraid it won’t be good enough.
I’ll share what often stops me:
Not believing that what I have to say matters to anyone else except me.
Not believing I can sort out my thoughts, and tidy/tie them up into a pretty little package with a bow on top.
Not believing I can figure out where I’m going, let alone how to get there.
And right now, not having a paid work commitment with deadlines, which FORCES me to write SOMETHING, even when I’m having these thoughts.
But what I’ve learned over the years is, this is a time in history, when no one can stop us from having a voice in the world.
Your gender, your color, your religion, your views on life, cannot be used against you from writing, nor from publishing your words online: On Facebook, on Twitter, on Reddit, on your blog. (Unless, of course you use your words to incite violence, to slander/libel, to scam people.) (I’m assuming you don’t intend to do that?)
And then what helps me is to start writing. Even if it’s “I just don’t feel like writing today.”
Because then I go into, “WHY don’t I feel like writing today?” Oh yeah…because of that thing that happened, or what that person said to me, or how I’m feeling ‘less-than’ today.
I write that down. And I keep recording my thoughts, even when I get frustrated and simply write “blah blah blah” a dozen times.
Sometimes I have a point to make, and I get this all sorted out in my head before I even begin.
But sometimes, I have no idea where I’m going, and writing is how I get there.
My goal started from a writing support group that required I write three pages a day, even if it were only several hundred “blah blah blahs”. Now, I just make myself write one page.
In your case, aim for 100 words, maybe.
In my case, I realized I need to get it all out, then edit to get it more clear.
So stop reading “how to” stuff, just for now.
For now, just write down what’s in your head, and listen deeply to what’s in your heart.
If you really do freeze up, write down ONE SENTENCE that describes how your feeling.
Be the scared, uneasy, feeling less-than person you are right now, and be your authentic self.
Write about where you are right now, what you want to do differently, where you want to go, and where you want to be in a week, six months, a year, a decade.
Because YOU are the only YOU in the world.
It’s not about having an audience, it’s about having a voice.