Hitting a Writing Block After One Year of Her Coffee Diaries

November 19th, 2017

Dear readers,

after not posting anything for about 3-4 months now, I hope you will bare with me and read a few of my Sunday reflections that I have been thinking about in my head. So, here I am on a Sunday evening with my cup of hot-chocolate-coffee mix thinking and reminiscing about my writing days. I haven’t written anything on my blog since August and I kept saying the same excuses,”I haven’t traveled much, so I don’t have enough writing material.”

So, why now? Why am I writing again? Well, earlier today, my boyfriend pointed out the truth that I have been avoiding for the last few months. “You haven’t been posting anything on your blog, lately,” he said. I frowned, and in my head, I instantly defended myself with the same excuse: I have not been traveling, and so I did not really have any content to write about. My goal was to travel every time I get a break from school, but the thing is, it’s not that easy. I have other responsibilities from school that I can’t just leave. Everyone that I know who is traveling full time has already worked for years and they have had the chance to build a stable saving to pack and go. Me? Not really. I will be able to travel in the future, but right now, I have graduation exams to prepare for. So, that is why I haven’t been writing much.

(But is it really, though?)

Was that really the reason why I stopped writing at all? I accepted the fact that my type of traveling will not be the same that of a digital nomad. And, I actually made it clear in my blog description that this platform is not merely about travel, because my previous-self had known that I would not be one of those digital nomads that traveled for a living (do not get me wrong, I still hope to be one). I guess the issue really is a combination of self-doubt and laziness; I hit a writing block, and I didn’t feel like recovering from it. Since I’m not traveling, I keep doubting my ideas and even my writing ability; every idea I scratch because I feel like they are not good enough. So, I kind of gave up and did not even try. I have to admit, I was lazy and did not even want to brainstorm about a blog post. I know having a writing block is quite normal for every writer and it happens to almost everyone. But, the difference is some recover and some don’t. Which one was I going to be? Not the latter.

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I guess what I am trying to say is this: there is a difference between not traveling and not writing. If I wanted to write, I would have – even though I did not travel as much. So maybe, because of everything that has happened, I forgot about my passion of writing. I write a lot for my school work, but I forgot to write for me. Writing is a form of self care, and that was why I created a blog in the first place. Unfortunately, I hit a writing block and I let this blog slip away from my mind. But, not anymore.

This blog post is my wake up call.

Hopefully, I remember about this little piece of me. Hopefully now I can write again, even though I don’t travel as often. And as I’m ending this post, I can’t help but feel at peace. It feels good to listen to the sound of me typing while drinking a cup of warm coffee. It feels good to write again.

Un abrazo,

Bethanny

PS: I’m sorry that this was a raw and scrambled post. I really had to get my thoughts out. Have you every experienced a writing block? Let me know in the comments.

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24 Comments

  1. Keep going, Bethanny! This post is so relatable though, writers block happens to the best of us! I love reading your blog, keep it up girl!

  2. Writing does not always come naturally and hitting a wall can be tough for both you and your readers. Focusing on a subject or current event that interests me is often a great way to get the creative ball rolling again.

  3. I’ve definitely struggled to find the motivation to keep blogging consistently at various times over the years… I’m glad you feel more at peace now that you’ve gotten a few paragraphs down on paper and have kickstarted your writing again 🙂

  4. Ah take all the time you need! I’ve noticed long showers help me when I’m suffering from writer’s block. You got this, take all the time you need 🙂 it’s the best cure!

  5. It can be hard to stay motivated when you have one particular type of writing in mind. I think you writing about this is a good start and you can start sharing about how you changed focus to something else. Your blog is yours and it is good enough no matter what you write about. You can do it.

  6. I have writer’s block way more often then I would like. After completing my honours last year in creative writing, I need a break from creative writing. I thought it would be brief, but it’s been more prolonged than I would like and it’s going to take so much work to get to where I previously was as a writer. I am so ready to get back to writing creatively (as a novelist, not just as a blogger), but I know it won’t happen until August next year when I’m no longer commuting 15-20hrs a week ☺️

  7. Girl it happens. I sometimes forget why I started blogging in the first case, and then after a while I get my passion back. i see blogging opportunities everywhere and can’t help but be inspired by everything again. You’ll get there. Take your time.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  8. I am currently experiencing a writing block. It’s not fun but I’m comforted to know you have experienced the same troubles. Now, time to get busy writing.

  9. Hey! I am looking forward to hearing more from you. I can understand hitting that writers block at time. They say every writer goes through it. It’s great you are getting back on the horse and getting right to it. Hope to see another post from you soon.

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