Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blogger's Block... really?


I have about 20 half-written posts saved in Blogger and about 45 post ideas scribbled in my idea book. And yet, as I sit in front of the computer to compose one measly post for this week... Nada. Null. Nothing. How irritating is that? I have all this stuff in my head but it's not translating into anything usable. Color me tart. 

So while I marinate on all the nothingness... anyone got a guest post? An Ask a Bougie Chick question you've been holding on to? Is there a Bougie Bachelor or Bachelorette with a tale to tell? I'm on gmail as OneChele - hit me up. In the meantime, what do we know about writer's block? What's the cure? And how fast does it work?

22 comments:

blackprofessor said...

Hey Chele,
I feel your pain!  Sometimes when I am working on research papers or grants, I get stuck! Typically, I put it away and do two things: work on something else and engage in diversions! Shopping is one as I have gotten great ideas in Nordstrom and Banana Republic.  Watching movies or reading O magazine also helps me break through writer's block.

Reads4Pleasure said...

Maybe changing your routine would help.  If you usually write at night, try doing it in the morning or the middle of the day.  Instead of writing at home, write at Starbucks (since you're probably there at least once a day anyway).  And to decrease the pressure on you to get a post out daily, commit to just one or two a week.  I know the Bougie faithful would miss daily posts, but they're grown, they'll get over it.

CaliGirlED said...

Hey Chele, sorry to hear about your writers block. Maybe instead of trying to write the magnificent kind of post that we have all come to love (and be addicted to), you should just.write. Once it's on the paper maybe you will be inspired to edit and shape it to become what you desire of it.

Or like R4P said below, don't press yourself for a daily post! We'll still be here for the 1 or 2 a week!

Hope you had a great weekend in Cali!....Missing my daddy!!!

BlackButterfly said...

It does happen and I think it is due to sensory overload most times.  As others have said, we aren't going anywhere.   I'm the person that loves to change my surroundings from time to time.  I like to leisurely observe the world around me.  Go do some of that.  If that doesn't work, have some cocktails (at the appropriate time of day of course) and let it happen when it happens. 

Earthangel172 said...

Writers block sucks. That's all I have.

Write whenever the mood strikes you and post whenever you are ready.  In the end, its about quality not quantity. I'll be here waiting patiently with the other folks in BougieLand.

MsJamie14 said...

What?! No fresh bouge?

I know you've got some stories from Billy Dee Ninja's family reunion.
And we know fun stuff went down in California.

We're waiting! *cracks whip*

J/K...you know we ain't going anywhere, complain as I might!

thinklikeRiley said...

On the real, your half-written semi-posts are better than most of what is out there. We'll take whatcha got.

David Chase said...

What you need to do, respectfully ma'am, is take an entire row of seats and lay down and do... nothing. Yes. Grasp the concept of doing absolutely nothing. For anybody. I dare you.

J B said...

Either a drive or just lying down, away from a computer, will allow my thoughts to drift and come up with something.  I've never had writer's block for longer than a day.

Mykeia said...

Writer's block happens, BougieLand faithful will still be here...AND some of us may get some real work done instead of checking the comments...maybe that's just me when I should really be working...

MichelleG said...

Have you ever taken yoga? I workout mostly at home but my yoga class is heaven - 90 minutes uninteruppted "sit your self down" and just breathe. Even on my most scattered days by the time the 90th minute passes I'm in a calmer place.

Take your time - the more you "try" to relax the harder it becomes.  Turn everything off (yes FB, Twitter, iPad, email), pop on some music and just chill. We'll be here when you get back. 

diamond life said...

This means it is time to shut off your brain for a minute.

CaliGirlED said...

"AND some of us may get some real work done instead of checking the comments. " Bwahahahaha!!! Ain't that the truth!

rozb said...

Embrace your down time! Just bask in the glow of having had a wonderful weekend, and let the feeling extend into your week for a bit. You'll get your flow back...

rozb said...

What he said...

GrownAzzMan said...

I've had it for about 4 years...

GrownAzzMan said...

Sit on any of these \_ \_ \_ \_

Cocoa Winston said...

*snickers* What he said.

CaliGirlED said...

That's not writer's block, that's writer done stopped! LMAO

La said...

I get a mean case of writer's block about 2xs a year. I only know of 2 ways to combat it...

#1 is a tip from a writer friend of mine who told me to write about having writer's block. And keep writing about having it until you a. figure out what's blocking you or b. it goes away on it's own. This usually works for me. Unless...

#2 I just need to take a break. Sometimes you get exhausted from writing and analyzing and observing and interpreting and storytelling and everything else, and you just need a break. Time to unplug and relax and just live. Works wonders.

Tiffany said...

I hate writer's block too.

Peace, Love and Chocolate,
Tiffany

Carmen Jones said...

Bloggers block happens to me fairly often as well and probably have about 20 or so incomplete drafts as well.  My issue?  As soon as I'm ready to post the drafts, something happens in my life that makes it non-applicable so it's like I can't put anything out there if  I'm not really feeling the content at the moment.

The fix?  Mobile blogging.

I've started using Wordpress mobile a lot more so when somethings pops into my mind, I've got my crackberry handy to farm it out.

Then again... I probably should LEARN how to calm down and relax and take the blocks as a sign.

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