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Writing the Right Thing at the Right Time - overcoming a form of Writer's Block

Updated on October 26, 2012
Do you have too many ideas going through your head? Maybe what you have is a form of writer's block, where you are overwhelmed by the huge amount of ideas that need to be sorted.
Do you have too many ideas going through your head? Maybe what you have is a form of writer's block, where you are overwhelmed by the huge amount of ideas that need to be sorted.

The opposite of Writer's Block

When writing, whether it is online or not, finding an idea can be a challenge. Writing the right thing at the right time can be even harder. It is almost a form of writer’s block, except it is the exact opposite. There is no right word to even describe it (at least not that I have found!); it is being overwhelmed by the amount of ideas and topics which come to your mind in an aggressive matter. It is no longer the need for writing prompts or wring ideas. You already have that... but you have too much flowing through your head which makes it is hard to organize your thoughts into a story. It is what it is like to be a writer sometimes!

An Overflux of Ideas!!

Every since I have become involved in these article writing sites, I have become kind of addicted to online writing. It was in July of 2010 when I found Xomba; later, because of my need for a sense of community, I found Hubpages. I am not surviving off the income I make from writing online (and it would be nice to see a little more income coming in)! However, I do enjoy writing as a mental release and I aim to be writing a story, in any form possible.

My problems all started when I started becoming obsessed with Google Adsense. I wanted to see the numbers up. Not just the number of readers, but the number of clicks and everything else writers look for when working online. They want the readers because they want their stories read. Yet, they eventually want the clicks too, so they can eventually make this a full time job and devote even more time to their craft. After all, they want to make money if they can, even if it is more about the passion then the actual dollar bills.

This caused me to investigate; I wanted to know what I was doing wrong and the reason behind a slow trickle in of money. (Which was actually not trickling in since I must make $100 before I even get one check!) Like I said before, the writing has never been about the money; the ability to make money has made it an obsession. I wanted to learn. I wanted to know what I was doing wrong that every other writer online seemed to be doing right! (Well, at least according to what I have been reading!)

Suddenly, before I knew it, there was an overflow of ideas entering my head. They all happened at the most unusual of times… like when I am mid-conversation with someone else; scrubbing the kitchen floor; eating lunch; halfway through a movie; while taking a shower; while driving; rocking my child to sleep; in the middle of the mall; and as I lay down in bed. Unfortunately, these were all times it was physically impossible for me to grab my laptop and write anything down.

These ideas ranged anywhere from creative writing to informational articles. A variety of topics; some timeless while others should have been written days ago! (And if they aren’t written soon they might go into the unwritten graveyard of my mind!) Timing is of the essence, yet I was unable to find the time or motivation to write any of these ideas down, much less sit at my computer and actually type. I was overwhelmed! I had so many ideas entering my head. I couldn’t concentrate on even one idea in order to complete an article or what should have been a simple story.

What's a writer to do?

It is difficult to give advice when I still regularly struggle at this same problem. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel… at least I hope. With an overflow of ideas, I found I was completely useless at writing. Every single time I tried to write anything, the words would not come; my fingers seemed frozen hoovering over the keyboard. If I remembered something I wanted to write, I would get one paragraph in and suddenly be stuck. This was not only distracting, but downright annoying. So I took a break.

I hate to use the word quit, because I really didn’t quit. But, I did take a break. I decided it was okay not to write down everything tumbling into my head. I was overwhelmed at the time and it was stressing me out. It was completely counterproductive! Every time I tried to write, I had so many ideas running through my head I couldn’t get through even one. A break was definitely needed.

Now, if you are going through something similar, you might find a break is needed as well. After all, if this isn’t your main source of income; a break will not hurt anyone. The world will not stop revolving and life as we know it will not cease to exist! It is a hard concept, especially for those of us who are passionate about our writing.

As for the amount of time needed, that depends on you. I took a few weeks off, but it was because I had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life. Maybe you just need a few days. Maybe you need a full week. Maybe you even need a month. The thing you need to know, is once you have cleared your head, when you get back to writing, you will probably still have the ideas, but you will probably be able to get them down a little easier once your mind has settled.

In the meantime...

Just in case you are nervous about losing all those brilliant ideas you have floating around, I found that purchasing a voice recorder is an invaluable tool. It can be easily kept on hand for those inconvenient times an idea pops into your head when you are unavailable to pull out your keyboard and start typing, but it is also perfect for when you are on a break and just want to make a mental note of something you want to write about. After all, your best idea is bound to pop into your head when you least expect it!

So good luck on your writing adventures; I am heading back out. This is the official start of my vacation being over!

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About the Author

Barbergirl28 is a wife of 12 years and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls and one handsome little boy. After high school, she joined the Army to become a photojournalist. To this day, she continues to have a passion for writing and photography. After leaving the military, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and also studied Massage Therapy. Her passions include writing, photography, cooking, crafts, health, and fitness. Currently, she is working on a book and freelancing at Hubpages.

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    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Julie DeNeen - I used to use mine the most when I was in the car.. you can probably imagine all the weird looks I got because it looked like I was talking to myself. Sometimes though I used it just to record my thoughts because I found it easier to do that then it was to try and write it all down. It really helped to talk it out when my fingers couldn't go fast enough!

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      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @RealHousewife - I too carry a notebook. Sadly though, I took it out of my purse and it never made it back in. Not sure where I even put it. It was the perfect little notebook. Not too small that you only get a couple words per line... I need to find it again. As for the camera... I am always taking pictures. You just never know when you will need that picture to use! But I know the feeling of too many ideas all too well... and in some cases... I also know the feeling of not having any ideas as well. It is hard being a writer! ;)

    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I've started to use my voice recorder on my iphone. It really helps when I am in the car, which feels like dead time to me. Great hub!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The recorder is a great idea! I hate the sound of my own voice though:) I always carry a notebook and my camera! That helps me a little...but like you said, I still get the huge rush and influx of ideas that I can't slow down enough to write a single thing! pffffffffffffffffffffffft!

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @bizwin - When I first started writing online every article I wrote was first written in word... then I found I was really cluttering my laptop. However, it is a great idea to have a backup plan and write them elsewhere. It definately protects the writer's interest!

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @tammyswallow - I really try to use the notebook... but I find I have a hard time keeping track of the notebook. Suddenly, I have about 5 notebooks with lists of ideas! But at least I can refer to them afterwards! LOL :)

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @prairieprincess - I know how you feel. Whenever I have a problem writing it is always because I have so many ideas flowing. Glad to see I am not alone in this!

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      Christabel Evans 

      6 years ago from England, UK

      I totally agree with tammyswallow, yes having notebooks are my secret weapon. All my online writings are written down before i write them online. Since i started writing in HubPages, i have about five notebooks full of info. In other words i'm saving and backing up my works. Voted up and awesome hub.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very helpful ideas! My creativity comes and goes but when it strikes, I try to keep everything recorded in a notebook. It really helps during dry spells. Great hub!

    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Oh Barbie Girl, did you get inside my head and look around? This hits me so hard because it's exactly what I go through, but I've never heard anyone talk about it.

      I never realized why it made it so hard to write but yes, it is overwhelm. Love, love, love this hub! Thanks for putting your finger on it and you got a hub out of this "not being able to write!" Ironic, isn't it? Voted all the ups.

    • barbergirl28 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - I feel your pain... but mine isn't necessarily because I don't have the time, but sometimes I am just feeling lazy and distracted! I have had all these hub ideas flowing through my head and I am like "Write that down!" What do I do - ahhhh... I can do it later! Yep - you already know the end result of that! LOL

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      6 years ago

      I hate when I want to write and have all these great ideas and yet I never actually get the chance to get them down on paper. I think I have like 4 books started, about 10 hubs, and a list of about 25 hub ideas that could be written. Do I ever have time? Nope... someday maybe I will get back to them though!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Great job, barbergirl! I seem to be on an extended vacation, and hope to publish again soon.

      Thanks for the encouraging words!


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