How often do you experience frustrations in the middle of your writing?
Me? Quite a lot.
For many years I’ve been writing articles of different categories. Most of my works depends upon the condition of my mood.
If my face looks shallow, my chin drops with indescribable eyes and looks, then it is a perfect time to write about sad stories or aggressive opinions.
A gleeful expression of my face is an indication of a positive writing. I can write happy stories and lighthearted articles. The funny thing is, I wear a smiling face the entire writing period. And if you happen to see me in that particular moment, you will probably laugh at me.
I will say it again, I love writing and I write a lot. But not every single day as I wish.
Here’s the thing why?
I do really have a lot of flowing ideas inside my head, down into my nerves. Writing established positive energy and brought me beautiful and wild ideas.
Now here is the problem.
At the very first hour of my writing, everything is fine as the blue sky. A gradual delivery of thoughts seems so endless, so fine and superb.
BOOM! For no reason the system of my brain shuts down.
My eyebrows pulled down together. With wide opened and glaring eyes glommed in front of the computer totally shocked.
The cursor of the mouse kept blinking for awhile. Then, I helplessly stood up and took a break for an hour. Silently sip a cup of coffee and started to reconstruct my ideas. I wanted to shout but I kept my poise to regain motivation of my current thoughts.
If I’m lucky, It will take me 30 minutes to reboot the system inside my brain, but most of the time it took me an hour.
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
~Sun Tzu, The Art of War~
Enough is enough!
War against writing.
I need to plan ahead before going to the battlefield, I said to myself.
I know exactly the location of my enemy and when it will strike. I have a big advantage of winning the battle. So, I must be smart.
- Create a layout before you start writing.
I made a series of layouts before starting my project. I knew somewhere between my writing time, a destruction could sneak my thought and steal a fraction of my time causing me to hang up.
- Plan a day or a night before writing.
Again, I am familiar with my enemy’s move. I have to do some research and resourcing before hitting my computer’s keyboard and start writing. It is important to gather the necessary information in order for me to win the battle. When hang up times arise, I am ready to reinforce my ideas and continue writing.
All of the basic strategies I made, gave me a peace of mind every time I write an article.
I know you too have your own strategies in coping with frustrations when writing.
You may share some of your thoughts about the topic, it might help us improve our writing habits.