The blank screen: we’ve all been there. I’m not talking about when we sit down at our computers and begin typing maniacally, splashing happily in our creative juices. I’m talking about when you’ve decided to write a post everyday and you stare the screen. It stares back. You continue the staring contest wondering if the well of your thoughts can be drilled any deeper or if it has truly dried up. You begin to fear that your monitor is giggling in delight at your failure because it really wants to look at the fish in the aquarium screensaver rather that at your ugly mug.
Or is this a worse scenario: You’re writing your post and you feel absolutely no enthusiasm for what you’re writing about? You’ve got the ticker tape running through your head pronouncing, “This is drivel. This is drivel. You might as well take up basket weaving because this is drivel.” Is coming up with bad ideas worse than having no ideas? At least if you have no ideas, you’re sparing everyone the bad ones?
This is what I faced yesterday when I wrote two posts before I published the one I liked. My first was about guilty pleasures, then it transformed into the problems caused by looking like an English teacher. Both felt contrived and left me feeling “eh”. Tired, frustrated, and determined to have a post, I turned to one of my poetry instruction books and challenged myself to do the activity on the page it opened. It opened to pantoums. So I wrote one. It was much more satisfying than my other two attempts.
So readers and fellow bloggers, what do you do when you have that feeling of “I didn’t know yesterday’s post was the last one I’d ever write”? What gets you beyond the hump? For those of you who post daily, where do you find your inspiration? How do you know when your post is good and “publishable”?