Pushing Through When You're Hitting the Writing Wall

6 years ago

Different marathon runners label different miles as their hardest: the point when they "hit the wall" and feel like they're never going to make it to the finish line. In the beginning of the run, you're energized and running to get rid of your nerves. In the end, you can see the line in sight and you're thrilled to be there. But somewhere between the middle and the end, you hit your own mental limit; where you can't see how you're going to make it. The same thing happens in most ongoing writing projects -- even blogs. This might very well be the week you hit your NaBloPoMo "wall." Which is why this post is there to help you fight through the mind-numbing, fourth week blues.

It's also a difficult week for Americans who are celebrating Thanksgiving. If you have to prepare the meal, it's going to cut into your writing time. If you're traveling, deduct more hours from blogging. Even if you're just staying in town, visitors and holiday activities get in the way of posting.

So how can you ensure that you don't blow your NaBloPoMo lead and not cross the finish line in a few days?

  • Sit down and write a few brief posts when you have a moment and schedule them to run over the holiday so you can take that off your plate. Yes, it is sort of cheating since NaBloPoMo is about sitting down and writing daily. But NaBloPoMo is NOT about stretching your sanity to the limits, and if scheduling a post in advance is going to help you with time management, go for it.
  • Scroll back through your camera and look for photos you've been meaning to post. Wordless photo posts absolutely count as a NaBloPoMo post.
  • Schedule a guest post -- offer up a slot on your blog to a friend and introduce your readers to a new blogger at the same time.
  • Ask your readers a question.

What are your little tricks when you feel like you're hitting a wall?

Photo Credit: Marcus Q.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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