Although the last post I wrote was on the 31st of March, and it is the 23rd of July today, I have been writing this entire time. I think that now the total number of drafts has reached 37, so yeah, I guess this is what writers block is.
It’s not that I can’t write, it’s just that anything I do write doesn’t feel good enough. Let’s talk about why this problem started in the first place.
At the very end of my 1st semester at university I was hit with a huge amount of work. Turns out my module was really badly organised and I was hit with all of my assignments right at the end of the year. This meant that I was really relaxed and happy go lucky at the start, then stressed and pushed to the edge at the end. I had no time to do anything.
This kind of thing was not something that I ever wanted to experience again, so I made sure that next semester I stayed on top of my work more. This did happen, but of course it meant that I really started to post much less.
Some point along the way I thought to myself “If I’m rarely going to release a post, the post that I release should be really good” this later meant that now I have too high of a standard to release anything.
There are many drafts that I got half way thorough writing and just gave up on for this reason. As well as that there are posts that are completely written but not released.
When I look at these, I do have fairly valid reasons for doing this. Some of them, although they were written completely, needed more research, and some were so ambitious that it was really difficult to see how anyone could complete them. Due to this it was too easy to give up on them.
Now that I have more time, and more thoughts that I want to write about, this old standard is really holding me back and making me not write anything. So I’ve thought of a plan about what to do about this issue.
Of course the obvious thing that I should do is take the pressure off myself, so that’s what I’ll do now.
By releasing this pretty bad not great post it will allow me to actually release the work that I write/have written, and generally have a healthier relationship with my blog in general.
Can you guys relate to this issue or do you guys have any other advice relating to this issue?