What happens during those terrifying moments when you realize that you have absolutely nothing left to write about on your blog?
Do you abandon everything and remind yourself that is exactly why you never wanted to start blogging to begin with? Do you panic? Or, are you one of those who sit there staring at the monitor praying that an idea will come to you out of thin air?
Step One – The Writing Block Begins
This is where I usually cuss myself (paying the cuss jar accordingly) for not writing down the 752 ideas that swamped my brain the previous week because now I cannot remember even one of them. Every single time, I promise myself I won’t do this again, until the next time…
Step Two – You Start Getting Worried
If I have stared at the empty screen long enough, I begin to worry that maybe this will be the time that I really don’t come up with anything. It doesn’t matter that I survive this stage at least once a week, because there is still that chance that this will REALLY BE that time. As soon as I take a deep breath (and make more coffee) I start browsing the V7N Forums to look for questions I haven’t already answered 3,426 times before.
Often times this will trigger my brain into coming up with something in a hurry. Other times, as I pour even another cup of coffee, I move on to step three of my panic process.
Step Three – Will I Ever Write Again?
The fear is starting to settle deep inside when I find myself roaming the halls of Google News, praying for something to jump out at me, and when it doesn’t I start adding special search queries to the news because I am certain that SOMEONE has written something that day that will at least tickle my brain.
If it happens to be a day that it looks like the entire world is busy talking about who is cheating on whom, and who will never work in Hollywood again, I feel my heart start to sink. Will I ever write again?
Step Four – This Is Getting Desperate
I accept the fact that I am brain dead and beg my friends to give me some ideas. They usually come up with something that requires way more energy than I have at the moment, or they send me off in a direction that is sure to make me drag my favorite soap box out for a well-timed rant.
Unfortunately, during those times that I am really stuck, absolutely NUFFIN is going to trigger so much as a tickle to the writing part of my brain.
Step Five – When All Else Fails
Sometimes, ya just have to accept that it just isn’t going to happen today. If you have already tried walking away for a bit, listening to some music, and making a fresh pot of coffee, it may be time for the last resort.
Write about what you do when you don’t have a clue what to write about. 😉
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com