Overcoming Writer’s Block

By Eren Mckay  
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Writing LoveI have a friend who always says to me ‘I hate writing blog posts!’. Every time I hear him say that, I cringe. I know he’s being sincere. But he sincerely has the wrong thinking pattern and doesn’t realize that he has a form of writer’s block.

And he’s not alone. I have met many wonderful people that have gotten stumped in reaching their online goals because they really can’t stand writing.

They’ve read lots of internet marketing courses out there, listened to hundreds of online teleseminars, studied some SEO, hired a designer to make an awesome looking blog, however, they still haven’t achieved what they wanted to do in the first place. Their biggest hindrance is their utter dislike for writing blog posts.

What Does Writing Require from You?

People encounter problems with writing posts but they can’t quite pinpoint the root of their issues. One day they might try out a method and it worked like magic that day.
Then a few days later, they try the same method and it doesn’t help at all. There are so many different factors that influence a piece of writing. The reason for this is that there are a myriad of things that affect the writer.

In order to produce a publishable piece of content ( a really great blog post), you will need to go through several steps that will require you to use both the right and the left hemispheres of your brain. You will also need to be able to switch from one side of your brain to the other side. Some people have their left side well developed, but the right side, not so much. Other people are just the opposite. Then there are those that have both sides developed, however they have a hard time switching from one side to the other.

Your Creative Right Brain

pink tulipThe right hemisphere of the brain is where the creativity, the imagination and the inspiration thrive. Painters, dancers, sculptors, and musicians tap into this side to produce their marvelous works of art. All sorts of professionals need the creative right brain in order to grow, not just artists.

The right hemisphere is where genius ideas are born. Ideas that can change the world. Ideas that can solve so many issues that people have. And it’s when you are operating in your right hemisphere that you will find fantastic things to write about.

This phase is the moment that you get that inner fire going through researching, dreaming, drawing, doodling, or even looking at beautiful images related to what you will write. After you’ve gotten inspired, you have a whole slew of ideas scribbled somewhere or in a file on your hard drive.
If you’re too stuck in your right brain, you probably have a large amount of drafts… Maybe even 10 or 20 times the amount of published content.
It’s okay to have a well developed right brain. But you need to understand this and now focus on working more with your left brain.

And Now the Left Brain Kicks In

The thing is, if these ideas are not presented in a logical, sequential manner, people simply won’t understand them. This is where the left side of your brain should kick in and continue the writing process. The left hemisphere is where organization, categorization, and language are all processed. Without this structure, people will get confused and lost.

Great ideas have to be brought to life through words. Words that transform. Words that make sense to others. The left brain is responsible for organizing these words in order to transmit ideas to other people. After all, the remarkable thing about writing is the ability to enlighten other people’s lives.

Writing is Connecting To the Rest Of The World

If people repeat phrases such as ‘I hate writing’, in essence they’re saying that they hate communicating what’s important to them to others. Is that really true? A much more positive way to say it would be ‘I haven’t produced content yet because I still need to overcome certain obstacles in my writing journey.’

journeyThat way, they can be honest without emotionally blocking themselves to new possibilities. Wording things differently opens up our vision and consequently improves the communication process.

Decide to Be a

Puzzle Solver

Every writer has encountered hindrances, but deciding to deal with them is what makes a person a real warrior at heart. If you’ve encountered really big rocks sitting smack in the middle of your writing pathway, you’ve certainly experienced the feeling of overwhelm.

I want you to know that you’re not alone in your quest to overcome obstacles. If you want to succeed in writing, don’t focus on the negative effects of those obstacles. Instead, see them as challenges. Look at them as puzzles that you need to solve. Get intrigued by them. Believe that you already have the solution to remove the rocks from your path. You’re a puzzle solver. This seemingly small shift in your perspective can make a huge difference in moving forward.

Kick Off Your Writing by Looking Inward

So what do you start working on if you’re writing is stuck? Well… it’s good to understand that writing is a holistic experience. Your mind is affected by your physical, emotional and spiritual well being.

pure roseIf something is ‘out of kilter’ in any area, it will completely influence your writing process.
In our journey to finding inner peace, spiritual blocks can prevent us from seeing solutions that are right in front of our eyes. This is why when I am helping someone move forward in their writing, I always recommend that they think of personal development as a part of the solution.

I know this because for a long time, I had trouble forgiving people that had deeply hurt me. This may not seem like a ‘writing problem’ but the truth is that the negative energy from the unforgiveness in my heart hindered me from solving many writing issues that I had. The moment I forgave and opened up my heart, many things began to change. My mind shifted and my writing started to flow. New relationships started to bloom. Solutions were falling out of the sky. It was like that one spiritual decision to forgive opened up a floodgate of blessings in my writing. It was amazing.

What About You?

Have you looked inside of yourself? By doing this, you’ll unveil things that you didn’t know before. Do you feel anger towards anyone? Anger is a sign of unforgiveness. If so, this kind of energy will hinder your emotions and influence your writing. Decide to let go of past hurts. You will experience healing by releasing your emotions.

Forgive everyone. You feel such calm. Keep your heart pure. This will create the space to allow you to tap into the infinite river of God’s love. When you are united to His love, it will overflow and inspire you. The writing will just pour out of you and you will develop friendships and touch other people’s lives.

In The End…

In the end, you will achieve your goal of producing many articles or pages (if you’re working on a book). But even better than that, you’ll become a better YOU. The Love will flow from you to the world. Your learning process will touch lives.

pink heartYour ideas will connect you deeply to other souls. You will make new friends and have new experiences.
So now you can just light some candles, play calm music in the background, tap into your most beautiful core self and start writing.
Sending you lots of hearts filled with shiny glitter stars that emanate peace…..

P.S. I’d love to hear how your writing journey has been and what has helped you the most. Please share by scrolling down to the comment section below 😉 If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter you may do so on this page.

P.P.S. Also, here’s one of the many songs that I listen to in the background when I write. I think you’ll love it.

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28 Comments on "Overcoming Writer’s Block"

  1. Marj Wyatt  


    Definitely a good essay on why to write to your sites and how to connect with topics. Well done!

    Authenticity is important when writing blog post. In order to accomplish that you have to either be familiar with your subject matter or do enough research to ensure that what you are writing is true. I mention this mainly because you and I have talked many times about the amount of time it takes each of us to write posts.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom with those of us online!

  2. dhea  

    I was always hesitated to write because of lack of my confident in writing skill, since english is my second language. I finally decide to dot it anyway although not as good as anyone else at least I try lol. Thank you for sharing your encouragement and empowering wisdom for all of us. You are such a great teacher.

  3. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Marj,
    Yes I do take quite some time before I publish. My biggest concern is making sure that what I’m saying is 100 % accurate. I see many people spouting off stuff just because someone else said it. I try to verify that what I’m saying won’t mislead people in any way. One small lie can be a big hindrance to a person’s life. So that’s the biggest reason I take time before publishing. And I’m know that you have the same care with what you publish too.
    Blessings my friend ღ

    Hi Dhea,
    Yes I understand that feeling. The fact is that even though we many not have everything perfect yet, the knowledge that we do have right now can help other people immensely.
    We need to remember that if we wait until the day we are perfect before we put anything out there, we might live all of our lives and never do anything.
    Someone can benefit from your knowledge… and a good thing to do is maybe put a small explanation that english is not your first languageg but you feel that what you have to say is important and will write anyways.
    The good hearted people will understand this. The judgmental ones will judge you no matter what you do so forget what they think → They are not your target audience.
    I’m glad this article helped you.
    Blessings always,

  4. sharyn  

    Wow, not sure how I found your blog post, but love it and the site, I can so relate to the design and colours. I am now going to explore and sign up to the newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity, Sharyn from Australia

  5. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Sharyn,

    So glad you liked the site. It’s great to meet you. I rarely send out a newsletter but when I do i make sure it’s filled with really useful information.
    So glad you resonated with the colors and design. Color can really support us emotionally.

  6. Jey Pandian  

    I cringed when I saw that blog man hugging the writer*with a smile. I’m starting to come to the same conclusion too, that saying you hate writing is not productive because it creates barriers for you.

    In the book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” the authors spoke about the same thing. They say that if you say you can’t do something or that you hate something, then you unconsciously creates barriers which prevent you from doing anything at all.

    Your words on anger and forgiven-ness, another +. Lately, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to get angry and easier to forgive. Not sure what’s causing this, maybe its me reading your blog regularly. 🙂

  7. Eren Mckay  

    Yes.. when we repeat lies in our minds.. we end up believing them and close up new possibilities that would have opened up for us.
    I’m so glad it has been easier for you to forgive ~ we can accomplish this by the grace of God.
    It’s a spiritual journey and exercise that we have to constantly be aware of and practice.
    Thanks for your encouraging comment Jey.

  8. Sandi  

    Erin I like how you have stated the real reason why we do have writer’s block. So many think it is because they think they have nothing to say or they can’t word it right. Yes we have to look inside our selves first to let everything flow out.

  9. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Sandi,
    Yes.. many categorize blogging into “professional” and don’t take into consideration the fact that spiritual and emotional factors can affect them.
    This blinds them to truly discovering root issues that are hindering them professionally.
    Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Ruth Shultz  

    Your post on writing blog content was right to the point and very much appreciated. It is important to write when we have a positive attitude. Thanks for the incite.

  11. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Ruth,
    I’m so glad you liked it.
    Yes positivity is always the best motivator.


  12. Neeraj Sachdeva  

    Ok, just read the whole thing! I love how you used the case of brain hemispheres to highlight our creative and logical side (though isn’t there some sort of relation between right handed people using left side of their brain more and vice-versa? I could be wrong).
    When I got to the part about self-improvement, I got really excited. I am a strong proponent for change, but feel that sometimes it is hard to let go. Though I must say, some of my best creative writing was done when I was emotionally high (happy or sad), but I think it affects logical writing..if that makes sense!

    Anyway, a really cool unique post on how to write a blog post, love it! Thanks 🙂

  13. Arnaud Saint-Paul  

    Such a nice post: yes, Love is the answer :)))

  14. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Neeraj,
    I think there is some kind of relation to that. I love researching right and left brain modes. It helps me understand myself better and discover ways of using that information to help me get productive.
    The thing is, most people work a lot but feel miserable while doing so. I truly belive in discovering joy while and before you work.
    What good is it to get a lot done and be unhappy?
    This is the main reason why I study right and left brain.

    In relation to letting go, I completely and absolutely agree with you. It’s extremly hard to let go of being deeply hurt. However it’s essential to do this in order to be happy.
    Here’s a post I wrote about letting go:

    I agree that emotion drives writing and publishing. If you’re not passionate about something, you won’t have the energy to overcome the obstacles to put yourself out there.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Blessings always,

    Hi Arnaud,
    Thank you. Yes love is a wonderful ‘catalyzer’ for positive action.

    Blessings always,

  15. Mitch Mitchell  

    Very nice post Eren. I think you hit a main point on the head, but I also think there’s the secondary issue, that being people locking their minds too finitely into a topic that mentally shuts them down. It’s hard to be creative if you think you can only write about why grass is green instead of writing about nature in its entirety and maybe talking about grass every once in awhile. Yeah, strange analogy, but I wouldn’t doubt those that struggle with what to write about feel trapped rather than liberated.

  16. Eren Mckay  

    I completely agree with you Mitch.
    This is why I write about several different topics. I haven’t narrowed myself down to one thing. I never know where the inspiration will hit me and I just have to be free to go with the flow.
    That’s why I have different subdirectory blogs on my domain. It gives me the freedom that I need as a creative writer.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    All the best,

  17. Sire  

    Hey Eren,

    loved your post and I loved the images, especially the first one, that one is a classic.

    I have to agree with Mitch in that I feel the reason so many people get stuck when it comes to writing something is because they haven’t picked a topic that they truly love because if they did they wouldn’t have any problem finding something to write. Perhaps they’ve picked a niche that they thought would be profitable but are finding it too hard to find stuff to write about it. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like niches 😉

  18. Eren Mckay  

    Thanks Sire,
    That means a lot to me 🙂 .
    Discovering our passion is truly one of the biggest keys to sticking to it. There may be several passions and that’s okay.
    So many people try to ‘nichify’ themselves when they go online. While I agree that it is good to focus on a niche, it’s not good to do that if you feel imprisoned by it.
    I personally like to write about several things. If I’m inspired to write abut baby showers, I do so. If I’m inspired to write about blogging, I do that too.
    This makes it much more fulfilling to write.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Sire  

    That’s why I have the most fun with WussupBlog, because I get to write about anything that takes my fancy, whether it’s one of my poems or a post about why I thing unions have outlived their day.

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  21. Eren Mckay  

    True Sire.. and that’s why I’ve been identifying with your style.. because that’s exactly how I am too 🙂

  22. Liz Money Web  

    I have to admit, I have been a victim of writer’s block several time. Well, maintaining more than 30 blogs is difficult. They have different niche and I have to personally write content for all of them. But I do love writing so I try my best to be creative and full of ideas.

  23. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Liz,
    Yes maintaining 30 blogs must be overwhelming.
    Just the fact that you do that is a great accomplishment.. congrats to you 🙂
    Every writer has the “block” at some moment. But the ones who persist in finding the right solution will overcome writer’s block and move forward.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    All the best,

  24. Doc Sheldon  

    Great post, Eren! There are some scientists that now say the left-brain/right-brain theory is fallacy, but then, I’m sure we could find one or two that still advocate the flat-world theory, too. 😉

    When I was young (yes… a very, very LONG time ago), I thought the best approach was to try to use both sides equally.

    But I ended up compromising, and using neither side any more than was absolutely necessary! 😛

  25. Eren Mckay  

    LOL Doc,
    From what I know you, I’m pretty sure you have a large tendency towards the left brain.
    Not many people would be able to keep up with the amount of things that you do either.
    Yeah there are all kinds of scientists out there. This video explains the left and right hemispheres of the brain very well from the perspective of a brain scientist who actually had a stroke:

    Jill Bolte Stroke of Insight

    Blessings always,

  26. Doc Sheldon  

    @Larissa- that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 😉 You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke….”

  27. Jason  

    Thanks for this post Eren. I stumbled on it when someone posted it on Twitter. I’ve done a lot of writing personally, academically and as a journalist. There is a lot of truth in what you say. The inner world can definitely block outer expression. It can also be a great source of fresh, insightful and inspiring content if you are willing to be a little vulnerable. Thanks again Eren. Keep it up.

  28. Natalie  

    I enjoyed this article very much! There is nothing here I hadn’t heard before, but there is a calm to your voice that resounded with me, and what feels like a genuine caring behind your words. But the most satisfying part is, there is none of the veiled superiority I so often sense (real or just my ego filling in the blanks) in self-help articles: That, “I want to help you, but I am so glad I am not you” sensibility. Thank you for this. Truly.

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