Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8

Note: This is the second installation of an eight-part series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
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Reason 2

I have nothing to say.


I feel like I have nothing new to say #writingWriting Is Life @writingislife
It was so safe and cozy studying #fiction and #reading. Now comes the hard part - sitting before a screen with nothing to say. #writingJuan Taylor

Writing is storytelling, not necessarily invention.

How many times have you read a book where the bad guy almost gets away until the good guy saves the day? How many stories have you read where people fall-in-love, get killed, cheat, lie, kiss-and-make-up?

Where in the Giant Rule Book of Writing Requirements does it say you have to develop a story that has never been imagined or created in any shape or manner? It doesn’t.

What matters is you infuse the writing with your personality, your twist, your experience.

It is your voice, your version, and your alignment of words and descriptions that make a story unique.

Think of yourself as an eyewitness: How you see an event unfold will be different from the person standing next to you.

Tell the story in the best way you know how. That is your job as a writer.


The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it.Alain Robbe-Grillet
I’ve always said, ‘I have nothing to say, only to add.’ And it’s with each addition that the writing gets done. The first draft of anything is really just a track.Gore Vidal

Reason 2 Focus Questions
Write down your answers.
What did you do yesterday? Last week? What would you do if zombies invaded? What do you like most about your cat? What does the neighbor do that annoys you so much? Who do you want to win the Super Bowl/World Series/Olympic Figure Skating? What about your favorite book entices you to read it again and again? How did you learn to ride a bike? What is on your bucket list? If you had three wishes, what would they be?


Writing Exercise 2
  • Write “I have something to say” fifty times.
  • Live it.
  • Breathe it.
  • Believe it.
  • Go Yoda: Write “Something valuable I have to say” fifty times.
  • Live it.
  • Breathe it.
  • Believe it.
Fill in the blank.
  • My favorite memory from childhood is _______________.
  • The biggest life lesson I learned so far is _________________.
  • ______________ gave me advice I use every time I _______________.
  • The first time I saw my ____________, I thought ____________.
  • I can’t wait to tell my spouse/best friend/parent __________________.
  • The next time _____________ says _____________ to me, what I want to do is _____________. What I’ll really do is _______________.
  • My greatest fear in life is _________________. I’m going to conquer it by ____________.
  • My greatest joy in life is _______________. I’m going to celebrate it by _______________.
  • My favorite book is ______________. I can take the _____________ from the book and twist it around so ______________ happens.
  • My next story/blog post is about _______________.

Review your responses and write.


Learn more about writing your story
Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 3 of 8

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Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 1 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 1 of 8