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How to deal with Writer’s Block and Inner Critique while Blogging

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Blogging is no longer a time pass; instead it has grown to become a very demanding profession (or say, business). Those who excel at blogging can expect high remuneration and accreditation for their work. This is where blogging ceases to be a hobby and transforms into a full fledge career.

Blogging is essentially the same as any other form of creative writing, and writers have this tendency to regard their work as the best, and they don’t take criticism easy. It’s not a very pleasant feeling for any writer to have some deficiency or shortcoming in their writing, especially if it is pointed out by someone else. To save themselves from external critiques, writers gradually develop a very strict inner critique that keeps forcing them to be perfect, even when they are creating their first draft. While it may sound quite impressive, it can turn out to be counterproductive.

Given below are the problems created by this inner critique, and some tips to help you deal with them.

1. Inner Critique Causes Writer’s Block

Critique on Writing

When you become your own critique (and a very strict one at that), it always leads to a depressive state of mind. Stop creating self imposed standards just because a few people didn’t happen to like your writing (unless of course, these people are your clients). Remember that whenever you try to come up with something that will be liked by each and everybody, you often end up getting a writer’s block. This is a state where the mind simply refuses to generate ideas or words. Just because you have pressurized yourself to the limit that the mind cannot come up with anything creative, out of the fear of being criticized or disapproved by some readers.

Solution:

Clear your thoughts and take a break. Understand that you are not writing for a literary competition for the Pulitzer Prize. Keep it simple and don’t try too hard. It’s better to be able to write a less than perfect blog post on regular basis, than not being able to write anything at all for longer periods.

2. Professional Writing is not always a form of Art!

Every professional blogger/writer should understand that writing blog posts or any other kind of web content is not necessarily a form of creative art. You cannot spend hours over a small piece of draft that will be quickly scanned by the readers and not read with a deep interest. When it comes to blogging, topics are often forced, whereas creative art is all about the things or subjects that you can relate to.

Solution:

Stop assuming simple blogging as a form of art where you have to be your creative best. Consider yourself to be someone who just contributes to the spreading of knowledge … a presenter, not an artist.

3. Getting Hyped Over Grammatical Issues

Grammar

It’s OK to make grammatical mistakes every once in a while; you don’t need to go all bonkers if you have a few words going out of context. Making a few grammatical mistakes or even typos won’t make you a failure as a writer. So relax!

Solution:

Though everyone wants to use MS Word for writing, it is recommended that you use Notepad when working on the first drafts. Problem with MS Word is that it makes you very conscious of grammar and spellings mistakes and disrupts your flow of thought. The red, blue lines can get really time-consuming and distracting. Use notepad, you can always paste it on to MS Word for proof reading to detect mistake. Rectifying grammar or spellings mistakes should be done while proof reading, not while writing.

4. Constantly Thinking of Pleasing the Audience

Of course! You’ve got to write an interesting piece, but you don’t really have to drive yourself insane over it. Stop thinking continuously about the audience (especially if that consists of veterans), your job is to write an intriguing article, leave the liking and disliking to the readers, also, try not to worry about the precision of your opinion.

Solution:

Stop thinking about the audience when writing; when you keep thinking about the audience and their knowledge, you get into a very defensive mode. You keep editing and scrutinizing your article for a little longer than what’s necessary.

 5. Being wary of missing out an important point

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When you’re trying to cover some points related to a particular topic, your inner critique will keep you going back and using all your energies to try and cover each and every point. Again, nothing’s wrong in trying to be as all-embracing as you can, but still, missing out on one small point is something most readers won’t even notice, and even if they do, they’ll share it via comments, not all your posts have to be all-inclusive.

Solution:

Make bullet points and then stop fretting over the points you might have missed out. You can add more if something pops up into your mind, however don’t be too conscious about the compactness while blogging.

About Guest Author:
Arba Hana is a travel enthusiast, and when she’s not traveling, she works as a timeshare expert and writer. Currently, she’s working for sell my timeshare , which is a great resource for timeshare resales.

8 comments
Susana
Susana

Hey there,

Very useful post... I have been blogging for a few months only and I still have a lot to talk about, but the truth is sometimes self doubt and critique just takes over and I become completely overwhelmed. Taking a break is a very good advice. When you come back to your post to be, you are not stressing anymore and the mindset is completely different, more positive and fresh...

xxx
Susana

Lisa Harrison
Lisa Harrison

Thanks for the tips, it is easy to get bogged down with blogging but your tips help prevent that.

Nishadha
Nishadha

Some excellent advice. I especially liked your point about writing on NotePad, sure is much easier when you don't constantly have to worry about spellings and grammar.

Aidy
Aidy

It is as if you read my mind! I had to practically take an entire month off to figure out what I was going to do with myself. Especially when I have to write articles for a couple of sites including my own site. Will take these tips and put them to great use!

Rahul
Rahul

Your covered exactly the same points that distress many bloggers. A blogger can make his life simple by applying the solutions you provided. Thanks for the helpful article.

Rajeev
Rajeev

Very nice and though provoking article. It can be applied to many facets of life :)

Stephen
Stephen

The nice way to describe that how a critical writings and the content should be written. It is the smooth way to go on that you think all the aspects of the post and ready on to do. This will enhance my thrill to work for the cause.

marco
marco

Great piece of advice ! I am not really a writer but a photographer dealing with some kind of "writersblock". Thanks these tips.