How To Overcome Writer’s Block
Like most people today, there is an ever-increasing demand in my job. This isn't a complaint, because it is what it is. This is merely an observation.
Radio used to be about talking on the radio, doing remote broadcasts, cutting commercials, meeting with clients and going to concerts.
Slowly over time, with the advent of the internet, more ways to connect with our listeners brought about more responsibilities. Email, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope - you get the picture - well, someone has to make certain that we are updating/participating, even on the weekend.
To make certain that we keep our website and Facebook feeds fresh, each DJ is required to write 12 posts per week. I know that doesn't sound like much, but once you've been doing it for a few years, you'll inevitably run out of ideas.
Sure, there are current events that could be written about, but most angles angles on those stories have been hit. It's great when you can find a dog that fell over a bridge and get the video of the rescue, or get an interview with a local celebrity who is headed to the national stage, but those things don't come about each day.
When I sit to write a story, I try to draw from recent experiences. I go through the pictures on my phone looking for inspiration. I scroll through Facebook and Instagram, looking for inspiration. I'll even drive around the neighborhood, looking for inspiration.
Today, the well is dry. Very dry. I am even having a problem coming up with the words you are reading right now. I had a few ideas of what to write about, but they required editing video, and with Windows Live Movie Maker not playing nice with Windows 10, so those ideas will have to wait until I get to a computer with video editing software.
I also started to write a story about how veterans can now get a "VETERAN" declaration on their Louisiana Driver's License, but I couldn't find a picture to use as an example.
So, what do I do? I do a quick search for "How to overcome writer's block". The first result was a story from Jeff Goins. He's a writer of some sort. Here's his website, because I have to give credit.
Jeff lists 14 tips for overcoming writer's block.
Number one says "Go for a walk", so I walked to the bedroom. Number two said "eliminate distractions", so I closed the curtains, turned off the television, and closed the door.
As I laid down in the bed, I realized that the rest of the list would have to wait.