When You Don’t Want to Write What Your Brain Wants to Write

This is my second day in a row when I am stuck when thinking about a post. It is my second day in a row when there is a post in my head but I don’t want to do it. It is the second day in a row when the topic in my head is somewhat political and Covid/mask related and I really don’t want to deal with it. I’m not sure I will ever get past being stuck until I actually write the stupid post. I feel like I have three options.

  1. Just write it and post it and hope that you don’t have too many negative comments to deal with. I should do this one. I don’t have enough of an audience to really worry about random, negative comments. I don’t think my opinion should offend anyone on either side. It’s pretty neutral. This doesn’t fix the fact that I just don’t want to write about it again. I would rather be done with writing about anything Covid related.
  2. Write it, but don’t publish it. This might be enough to get it out of my head. If I write it then maybe my brain will move on to other things. I don’t know why I don’t do more of this. I don’t have to publish everything I write. I can write just for me.
  3. Wait it out. I have to think that eventually my mind will move on to other things. I can skip some days of posting an then post my regular Friday and Sunday posts and hope that I will be unstuck after that. I don’t have a major issue with not posting every day, but I also know that if I get out of the habit of writing it will be easy to continue to not write. I don’t want to start any bad habits.

I am going on a drive today. I’, hoping a change in environment will clear my head. Maybe it will help me get unstuck in reading and writing.

What do you do when you are stuck? What do you do when your head wants you to write something you really don’t want to write?


13 thoughts on “When You Don’t Want to Write What Your Brain Wants to Write

  1. I just write it down. If it isn’t fit for human consumption I just burn it (I am a paper and pen type of girl).

    I have found that sometimes my best friends are a pen, paper and a match.

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  2. I deal with the same reluctance. Can I write about the virus today? No, I am sick of dealing with it and have nothing to say. There are a dozen post in my draft file that may never go public because they seem petty or mean, so I will most likely delete them. Blogging is a struggle.

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  3. It’s your #3 for me. In my experience she can’t be bribed, cajoled or coerced in any way. Whenever the muse has left me, I just wait until she decides to return.

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  4. Try the morning pages technique. Write three pages long hand and jot down the post you don’t want to write about. Get it out, and then figure out if it’s something you want to post later on. At least that’s what I do.

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  5. Hmmm, I feel for you. It’s a difficult situation when you only write with the intention of publishing. Instead of morning pages, could a journal be useful? Not just in this situation, but also for the benefit of your mental health? I’ve both typed journal and handwritten journals when in extreme emotional pain. I found having an outlet for expressing that pain very cathartic, as you aren’t always comfortable expressing it to others, or burdening people with the extreme nature of your feelings. It’s a shame that it’s holding you back. Good luck with finding the right way for you.

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  6. My problem is more often that I have a very emotionally charged idea that I’m afraid of developing because I don’t know if I can do it justice. For instance, I know I will probably write about the grief process at some point (based on my own experience) but I fear that it won’t adequately portray what I’m trying to share. Sometimes we’re just not ready to write about something, but sometimes we will put it off indefinitely out of fear.

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