Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOL #2 - Road Blocks

Well, it is Tuesday again and that means time for Slice of Life over at Two Writing Teachers.
I made it my goal to participate each week in SOL. I should be in bed right now, but in order to reach this goal, here I am.

Last week, I had the issue of not knowing what to write about. Here are are again. I want to reach my goal, but if I can't find anything to write about, how am I going to succeed at this? *sigh*

Just sit down and start writing. Isn't that kind of the point?

I have such a desire to become a better writer, but have so many road blocks that I have put in front of me myself. I read all these amazing blogs and I want to be like them when I grow up!

Yet I always question how does one at my stage in life become a better writer? I have been taught and now I am the teacher and a part of me now says that I have reached my learning cap and this is what I am. But I don't think that is the case, I just need to work at it.

How do you work at it? You write.

My second road block is probably my biggest road block. I get so discouraged with my blogging especially when I don't get comments (which I am calling feedback.) I want to know that people are enjoying what they are reading. They have to be because my page view counter keeps going up, so someone out there is reading it each time I post.

I just need to get over these two big blocks.

So I will continue to write, even when I can't think of anything to write.

What do you do when you can't think of anything to write about?
Any advice on how to break through my road blocks?


  1. Sarah, I've been blogging for about six years now, not every day, but about three or four times a week consistently. Somedays it's easy and somedays it's hard. Don Graves and Don Murray say, "Never a day without a line." I think there is big truth in that-- the more I write and think about writing and know I'm going to write and have my "writing eyes open", the easier it is. I totally agree with you about the comments-- when people read but don't comment, it's really hard to want to keep writing! I do know, with SLICE OF LIFE and also POETRY FRIDAY that the earlier in the day I post, the more likely I am to get comments (says she who posted at 9:30 last night). I also know that people who comment a lot (e.g. Linda at www.teacherdance.org, who is the world's best commenter) get more comments. P.S. if you have not read Ann LaMott's book, BIRD BY BIRD ,about writing, I recommend it highly. Keep writing!

    1. Thank you so much Carol! I will look into all of these! I have noticed lately the more I participate the better the outcomes. I guess I just need to be more patient!

  2. I completely agree and it is why I didn't write this week (well, that and also because I completely forgot it was Tuesday the other night). You are not alone!! One thing I've noticed is that the One Little Word really helps focus my thoughts. I drive home from work I reflect using that. It is like the launching spot for my thinking. I also think about one thing that went well and one thing I would change. One thing I'm going to try is to write on Monday night and get my post ready so I can wake up and post it right away just like Carol suggested (above). Good luck and keep at it!!