Writers Block

A post written by one of my first followers, Ashley, at Mommy Lane Adventures, expressed her ‘Fear of the Blank Page’.

I can totally relate.

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Bikurgurl 2016

When I wanted to move from simply journaling to writing, I started participating in NaNoWriMo. Though I’ve just restarted this blog in the past few years, I started writing in NaNoWriMo with my children years and years ago. As eclectic unschooly homeschoolers, I choose to lead my children to learning in fun, unexpected ways.

My ideas aren’t always a success, but when they are, my boys run with it and make it their own: Interest-led Learning

I’ve read a lot about writing – as I write and teach writing classes – and the best advice I ever read was from Natalie Goldberg in ‘Writing Down the Bones‘: Just write. When you don’t know what to write, write those words. Set a timer and write the entire time, never stopping your pen or pencil.

I personally find this so much more difficult to do when typing on my computer, but the process of writing by hand always allows more flow, even in writing over and over, ‘I’m stuck’ or ‘I need to start somewhere’.

Much like in life, the first step is the hardest. Once you get past that first step, the next step is easier, then it gets easier, and easier, until you’re doing it. You’re practicing the art of writing.

Find it, or any other book, through my affiliate link on Amazon.com!

Another great source for writers, particularly when thinking about brain-based issues – is actually one of my favorite veteran mothers, who was also a homeschooler: Julie Bogart. She runs the Bravewriter program, but produces free podcasts, including a personal favorite that I’ve listened to over and over again: The Scourge of Perfectionism

In this podcast, she discusses how the pressure we put on ourselves {and then usually transferring that to our children} sets ourselves up for failure because we can’t start if we don’t know it’s going to be ‘perfect’.

The way she says it is,and I’m paraphrasing, ‘ Have you ever had a perfect day? A day when you say: ‘That was a perfect day. I did everything perfectly. I am perfect. I have achieved perfection.’ ‘ — this really hit home for me as I find that I am constantly holding myself to an unobtainable standard.

I’m also holding my children to that standard, whether I like it or not. They see me doing it to myself — and I know I’ve inadvertently done it to them as well.

So, on writing, I’ve read dozens and dozens of books, but what really helps is practicing the process.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration in a supportive, low risk environment, join us for 100 Word Wednesdays where we use an image to prompt only 100 words of writing. All the details are on my blog at Bikurgurl.com where you can link back to one or all of the past 74 weeks we’ve been doing the challenge!

If you like something shorter, I recommend my writing friend Sonya at Only 100 Words {whose self-imposed challenge of 100 word stories prompted my wanting to follow the challenge myself!} — she was the first writing prompt blogger I followed and have, sadly, fallen out of the practice of writing to her image prompts — but am eager to go back, catch up, and join in again with that community. I do follow her on Instagramand Twitter – love the art she’s wrapping herself in.

If image prompts are more your style, the ever photographic images of Frank at https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/ is such an immersive pleasure to scan through for inspiration on story telling. He’s also on Instagramand Twitter – another great account to follow!

Also, I find inspiration from many of our regular contributors to 100 Word Wednesdays — click on the tab at the top of the page to not only read their stories based on our image prompts, but explore their blogs and social media feeds. These writers explore so many topics and challenges – I am truly honored they spend a portion of their time with me!

Of course, there are many other blogs and hosts I follow when I can but would love to see who you choose to explore!!

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