Writer’s Block + Deadlines = GRRRRRR…….

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Ugh. I’ve been seriously struggling with a particular batch of articles lately. I’m finding it SO frustrating. It’s like quick sand – the more I try, the more I struggle, the emptier my big head gets.

As a result, I’ve missed a deadline – TWICE – which I’m really not happy about (neither is the client).

It’s just taking me frikkin AGES to write these and I’m not sure why.

I’ve laid it all on the table with the client. I’ve told them what’s going on. Not sure what their response will be, but I thought they deserved an explanation. (I’m almost too scared to check my inbox for their reply in case they tell me to piss the hell off. I can take it. I think. But it’ll be a bit of a blow below the belt.)

This is just not the right time for me to get writer’s block.

I feel like a right old incompetent muppet.

So not happy with myself about this.

Question to any writers out there (or anyone who wants to chip in):

Have you ever been in a similar situation? How did you resolve it?

Do we keep plugging away at a piece that says “uh-uh, I ain’t budging” ’til we feel like gouging our eyes out? Or do we accept defeat and hold our hands up to the client?

At what point does one accept defeat on a piece? Or is it an abomination to even consider doing that?

I wanna know. So please share.

2ThePoint.

6 comments

  1. Ajith Prasad Edassery

    Well, I do not write content for others but writing on my own blog is sometimes a little bit difficult.

    These days what I do is to keep some drafts or bullet points of 5-6 future posts when I get time. Later when its time to post, I just need to spend 20 or 30 mins to explode the same into a post.

    Freelancers, I guess, need to be a lot more patient and organized as they have to respect the deadlines as well…

    May be it just a phase 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ajith

  2. 2ThePoint

    Hi Ajith…

    Thanks for your reply.

    I hope it’s just a phase. I really do. It most likely is. I think. I hope.

    Whatever it is, I’m sure there’s a lesson lurking in there somewhere.

    take care…

  3. Ladystrange

    I love the name of your blog. It is Hilarious. Nice writing style, also. I also can not seem to write unless the spirits move me to do so. I mean I can write but it is crap, unless I got the mojo.

  4. Dean Saliba

    I can pass on some information that I got from a comedy writer called Richard Herring.

    He recently wrote an article on how he copes with writer’s block when he has to meet a deadline.

    1. Write a daily (and he means ‘daily’, he has been writing his for five years!) blog.

    2. Do a crossword.

    3. Take a break and go and do something else (he suggests a bike ride or even doing an hour or two at the gym).

    Here is something weird. I used to write a very popular wrestling column and some of my finest editions have come to me whilst I was on the toilet, so I always kept a pen and pad by the loo.

  5. 2ThePoint

    Hi LadyStrange,

    Thanks for passing by…and the compliments.

    ‘Crap’ can sometimes be subjective. What you deem to be crap might not be as bad as you think — but I do get what you mean, though.

    take care…

  6. 2ThePoint

    Hey there, Dean!

    You know what? – we should meet for a cuppa or a packet of crisps or something since we live so blooming close to each other.

    Anyway, I do like the idea of taking a breather. It’s just that I can be quite stubborn and refuse to budge.

    And, yes, ze toilette can be a very good space for coming up with ideas. I’ve dished out quite a few (ideas, I mean) in the bathroom.

    Why did you stop writing for the column?

    Laters…

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