When you want to write something and don’t know what to write, the best thing to do is…
Seth says there’s no such thing as ‘writers block’. It’s like saying you have talkers block. Do you ever get the experience that you just can’t talk because you have nothing to say?
Sure, you can choose not to talk because you don’t have anything meaningful to say, but it’s a choice. Not some ethereal thing that is forcing you to not talk.
It’s the same with writing.
That’s what I did just now.
I didn’t know what I was going to write. So I started writing that idea that I had learned from Seth Godin. Everyone knows something about something. Pick a subject.
The problem is that we don’t think it’s good enough. That’s why we choose not to write. That is what blocks us. So it’s more like perfectionism block. Or insecurity block.
But writing is like speaking. You know how to open your mouth, push the air through and form words with your lips and tongue. You also know how to push on little buttons that have letters on them in a certain order to create words.
Just do that.
Zebra. Jack-o-lantern. Purple. Wind. Meaning. Help. Curious. Love.
See, I did it.
It doesn’t have to make sense.
You could probably put words in a better order than that.
In fact, the job of choosing words, and putting them in an order that makes sense is what you have to do when you talk. So, that is not unique to writing. Writing is just a different medium to transfer meaning using words.
So if you think you have writers block. Just start talking. Then transfer that to text.
There’s no such thing as talkers block.