My Writers Block

Guess who’s back ....nanana

Thats me baitcasting on the Skeena
Thats me baitcasting on the Skeena

And Then I Quit

After six years of not writing anything and deleting all my blogs and videos, I’ve decided to return. I became discouraged after some negative feedback on my topics and content. I realize now although the feedback wasn’t creative by any means, it was honest criticism and feedback nonetheless. I wish I had sucked it up and carried on, instead of abandoning my writing altogether. Even my videos were deleted.

One of the main reasons I quit was the condemnation from one individual in particular. Someone close to me we’ll call anonymous, suggested that my writing was a huge waste of my time and nothing good could ever come of it. All I had were pennies on my Google report to back my case. After the occasional argument with anonymous and a growing lack of aspiration, one day I quit and deleted everything. There was no going back.

Now remarkably enough, years later anonymous took back what they said and encouraged me to pursue my writing again. I still feel self conscious as I know my spelling isn’t the best and my topics are not bigger and brighter than anyone else’s. I'm just a regular guy, with an average intelligence, with ordinary ideas and I know there are millions of others doing the exact same thing. It’s hard to believe that anyone will read my blogs.

As I’m putting this together thinking of topics and dealing with self-doubt, a big part of me wants to erase what I’ve written and find a different hobby. No, Instead I’m giving it a good shot and this time I’m not going to let anyone dispirit me. I feel a little more confident this time than when I started blogging 6 years ago and I’m off to a better start, as I already have 16 followers on hubpages. So here we go, up up and away!


Jonah at camp in Hazleton, BC
Jonah at camp in Hazleton, BC



You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~John Rogers


Writer’s block doesn’t exist…lack of imagination does. ~Cyrese Covelli


Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere ~Anne Lamott


Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. ~ Pyotr Tchaikovsky


When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. ~ Raymond Chandler



To The Future & Beyond

Just as before my topics will be off the wall and all over the place. Since all my past hubs have been deleted and there is no way to recover them, I will have to start from scratch. Having a clean slate may not be such a bad thing. There were a few hubs that I’m not proud of and some topics that should probably remain deleted. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing inappropriate or weird, I just feel I've matured a lot in the last six years and my interests and outlook on life have changed. I finally discovered I wasn’t a teenager somewhere around 30 years old.

So my plan is to write about my family, my life as a stay at home dad and my hobbies. I may also throw in some politics and religion to spice it up. Maybe some flat earth theory! I have nothing to do during the day now that the kids are all in school so I plan on spending a lot of time on here. I just realized the summary on my profile is outdated and that will be the first thing I’ll work on. I look forward to seeing you in the comment section, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Thanks for reading.

Wife & Kids
Wife & Kids

Five tips to overcoming writers block:

  1. Diet! Carbs will drag you down. Potato chips and donuts do not make a good writer. Fruits and vegetables do!
  2. Exercise! Walk Jog or Go for a swim. Getting the blood flowing may get your creative juices flowing.
  3. Write write write! Keep writing regardless. Even if what your writing is garbage cary on relentlessly. Freewrite.
  4. Change of scenery! Even if its just writing in another room change your location.
  5. Music! Listening to some good music. Maybe try some Jazz or Classical.

A Week Later

It’s been a week since my return to hubpages and I’ve written 8 hubs, 7 which are featured. I've decided because of the short length and low rating of this hub I could make an addition and some improvements. I’d like to share some of my new hubs as well as add a few videos. I am slowly but steadily getting back into the grove of writing. Hubpages has changed a bit since I joined 6 years ago and my recollection on how to use the sight was fuzzy. Now that I’ve spent a week playing with the buttons and getting back in the swing of things I feel more confident my writing here will be successful.


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vocalcoach 2 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Steve

I appreciate this hub and your sincerity shines through. So glad you're back and here to stay. You have much to give and share. I know this from the last 2 hubs I've read (yours.)

Thanks for adding the "five tips to overcoming writers block."

Your fan and new friend,

Audrey

ps - sharing this hub!


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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Welcome back, Steve. It is always good when a former hubber returns. You will notice a few things have changed around here. I hope you find that is for the better. Your writing is fine, and your five tips.. spot on.


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kbdressman 2 weeks ago from Harlem, New York

Welcome back. Writers block is the worst and it's really easy to get discouraged after negative feedback. Writing is therapeutic. Even if it doesn't make you a lot of money, it's a great way to get thoughts down on paper so they'll stop bouncing around in your head, share your experiences, communicate, learn and make friends.

It's also okay to grow up and disagree with previous things you've written. It provides you topics for new hubs! (What you think about the subject now and why you've changed your mind.

I hope you find your love of writing again and are able to keep it burning strong!


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steve-bc-ca 2 weeks ago from West Kelowna, BC, Canada Author

Thanks you guys its very much appreciated. I’m finding it really easy to get discouraged but I’m persevering. I’ve had my hub on Victim Blaming unpublished 3 times. Its now 1445 words and I can't imagine it getting any better. I was thinking maybe I should find another forum, maybe one for beginners that will allow me to contribute some lighter writing until I feel I’ve gotten better.


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kbdressman 2 weeks ago from Harlem, New York

I wondered where your victim blaming hub had gone. What on earth did they unpublish it for?


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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Has that hub been "unpublished" or just "unfeatured", Steve? There is a difference. HubPages are now much tougher then they used to be and regularly unfeatured hubs that aren't getting sufficient traffic. It wouldn't be for quality. I was here for five years and never had a hub unfeatured, now I have twelve. I revamp them to get them featured and find another bunch. Many people don't worry if their hubs are featured or not as they are still available for anyone to read who has the link, they just don't show up in search engines.


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steve-bc-ca 2 weeks ago from West Kelowna, BC, Canada Author

It was unpublished again along with another hub. I just tried removing the Amazon adds.. maybe that has something to do with it. It just says needs revision and doesn’t give any other explanation.


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kbdressman 2 weeks ago from Harlem, New York

The Amazon ads are probably part of the problem. Did you get an email explaining what was going on? I'd keep working on getting used to hubpages a little longer before you give up and try a new platform. Each platform is different and requires changes and adjustments when you switch. Learning an easier platform won't teach you any faster than re-reading the learning center materials carefully and continuing to persevere here.


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steve-bc-ca 2 weeks ago from West Kelowna, BC, Canada Author

thanks Katie I checked my email and it totally was the Amazon adds. I didn’t know you needed to talk about the product in the add. I feel much better now that I know why this happened. Don’t know why I didn’t think to check my email before.


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kbdressman 2 weeks ago from Harlem, New York

Glad you could find the problem! They've tightened down about what links they will and won't allow. I had them cut out an entire module from one of my hubs with their hubpro because I linked to a website I had been talking about the entire article. It made me mad, but I went with it so it could stay featured. It's rating dropped after that. I plan to go back and clean it up in a few weeks, but I'm waiting to not be irritated when I do it! I would definitely rank spending time in the learning center on a regular basis as critical for success on Hubpages!

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