[NaBloPoMo 2014] Extended Writer’s Block

Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?

writer’s block: the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

Before I started blogging, the only thing I used to write were poems and short stories. Writer’s Block wasn’t a big issue because I wasn’t writing every day. I wrote when I felt inspired.

Before I started blogging, the last poem I wrote was for Father’s Day 2011. Prior to that was two years before we moved from Michigan to New Jersey in 2009.

Since writing the Father’s Day poem for my husband, I don’t recall writing much of anything until I started blogging. I do remember attempting to write…

There was a glimmer of inspiration. A single thought, to become a line in a poem…
I wrote it down.
Then, something that usually took minutes to pen, was suddenly lost…
the glimmer fizzled out.

I was discouraged.

I tried again the following day, still nothing.

I felt defeated, but it wasn’t just because I couldn’t write. The circumstances of my life at that time were taking a toll on me and my emotions.

You see, I write from the heart.
I write from my feelings, experiences, and dreams.
I couldn’t write about something happy when I felt so miserable.
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Fast forward a few months.

I found one of my writing notebooks and started thumbing through it. I read several poems before stopping on a page where I had started a potential chapter of a novella. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I knew I needed to improve my writing.

That’s when I decided to start blogging.

I had no idea what a blog was or what to do with it when I got started. I assumed it was an online diary or something of that sort. I found my way to WP and created my blog, then quickly proceeded researching what blogging is all about.
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My blog sat idle for a month before my first post.
Two months later, another post. A week later, another.
I was struggling for content. I still wasn’t sure what to do with my blog.
All I knew was that I wanted to keep writing.
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Sometimes I struggle with writer’s block. We all do. We could go days, weeks, or even months without writing. It’s frustrating when you want to write but can’t think of anything. Or when you struggle to keep going on a project you’ve started.

Because I have struggled so often, I’ve Google’d for writing prompts, use WP daily prompts, and have found other writing resources.

Have they helped? Um… check my post calendar.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been writing daily for the past two weeks. Sometimes multiple posts in a day.

Will it continue? I certainly hope so. But writer’s block will probably rear it’s ugly head again at some point.

Fishing

Hubby enjoys it.

I enjoy it.

The kids enjoy it.

FISHING!

The kids and I haven’t been fishing in roughly two years. My dear husband has gone several times. I’m not complaining, but it would be nice if we could have gone with him.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those women that has her man on a leash or tells him he can’t hang out with the boys. I’m glad that he still spends time with his friends. He enjoys their company.

Yesterday he went fishing with a long-time family friend. This friend does really well and is a fishing fanatic, in my opinion. There’s rarely a time this man gets skunked. However, last night was close to being one of those times; nothing he caught was worth keeping.
On the flip side, dear hubby caught a decent Striped Bass (aka Striper).
He enjoys the sport and also fishes to help feed our family. I’m proud of my hubby.

Length: 34"  Weight: 16 pounds 1 ounce

Length: 34″     Weight: 16 lbs. 1 oz.

Striped Bass caught from shore in Love Ladies, NJ.

Striped Bass caught from shore in Love Ladies, NJ.

Before you ask, the bait used was a 6″ Hake that was caught earlier.

Federal regulations: Up to three miles off shore for Stripers for 2015:
One fish per day at 33″
Anything smaller or larger has to be released.
(This is still being voted on.)
Federal Government allows each state to decide on their own limits.
Anything beyond 3 miles off shore is International Waters.
Any fish caught are illegal to keep.

Current New Jersey regulations: Up to a mile off shore for Stripers:
Two fish, 28″ or larger, can be kept per day, unless
you have a permit to keep a third fish.

Note:
~To all fishermen and fisherwomen~
I found an interesting article while searching for links for this blog post.
Why getting skunked makes you a better angler

Happy Fishing!