By Alissa Johnson
Has it been awhile since you’ve shown up to the page? Do you feel like you’re circling your writing? Thinking about it more than you’re actually doing it?
I know the struggle to begin writing is real, and the longer you’ve been away from the page, the harder it is to begin.
The good news is you can make it easier. Watch my video below or at this link, or keep reading.
Whenever I talk to a writer who is having a hard time showing up at the page, I can tell his or her expectations have gotten out of whack.
On the one hand they want the writing to go a certain way, feel a certain way, or produce a certain outcome. On the other hand, there is the inner critic sitting in their shoulder saying, “You think that’s what you’re going to pull off? Honey, you’ve got another thing coming!”
When you’re torn between doing something well and feeling like you might not measure up, of course it’s hard to sit down and start.
The first thing I want you to do is check those expectations at the door. Recognize what it is you are expecting of yourself. Is it to jump in right where you left off? To have it feel like last time? To be in the flow right away? Whatever it is, let it go.
And then, give yourself a warmup. Instead of diving right into the writing, write about something else. I like to take 10-15 minutes for a brain dump.
I put whatever is on my mind onto the page. Sometimes it’s my to do list, the things I cannot forget to do later in the day. It might be something going on at home with my dog or my family. Sometimes I write about the writing. What I think I should do. What I want to do. What the possibilities might be.
Often, by the time I reach the end of that 10 to 15 minutes I’m ready to dive in to the writing itself.
Try it out. If you hit the end of that 10 to 15 minutes and you feel like that’s all you’ve got today, that’s okay. You showed up and that’s what counts. Do it a few more times and you will find your way back to your writing.
Let me know how it goes in the comments below or on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you!