5min – Writers Block

I was listening to an episode of The Creative Penn today and she mentioned that all the pro writers at a recent convention she went to all have the same idea about writers block….it doesn’t exist.

The idea I see is “a plumber can’t have plumbers block, they have to go out and do their job.”

And they are right. Each and every one of them. A pro writer has to be able to get past “blocks” and just write, weather or not they feel like it. I have to go to my day job and do my work, or I don’t get paid. Same with a writer.

But, the idea of writers block is a thing. Perhaps it shouldn’t be called writers block though. Rather it is something causing the writer to spend their energy elsewhere.

For me it’s often bills. I have to pay bills, so I go to a day job, and I spend a lot of time on that day job. It’s a tough, and stressful day job. I often come home with a need to just close the door, and stay away from words for sometimes hours. That’s because my day job is using words. Talking to people. Trying to explain to them how to fix things. Depending on the day that is easier sometimes than others.

Other people might be “blocked” because they have family problems, medical issues or stress going on in their life that they are spending so much time on those things that they just don’t have time (or don’t think they have time) to do something creative.

Then there are the people that actually do sit down and try to write, but end up staring at a blank page for hours instead of writing. Now that, I think, is true. That isn’t a block so much as a lack of confidence. Inability to progress. Or plain don’t know what they are supposed to do.

I think I’ll come back to this idea later. But for now, my 5 min are up, and I need to go finish writing.


5 Min – Day 6 – What’s free?

Last night I finished editing two more chapters for Dragons Flame, and wrote the last chapter. That last chapter had gone incomplete for a while. But this get’s me even closer to the end of the writing.

I also did a bunch of newsletters to let people know about the free short stories this weekend. If you’re interested you can find them here:  Small Bites 1 and Hidden Treasures for free this weekend, and  Witch’s Sacrifice is back on sale for 99 cents, along with most of my short stories being 99 cents.




But no progress on the declutter front yesterday. Life is about balance, trying to find that sweet spot of work, chores, family and everything else you have going on in  your life. And so I’m trying to do that. I know I work from 12:30 to 10:30 five days a week, including the commute to and from. I know that I have some time in the evenings with Gregg. And I know that in the morning I am carving out five minutes for this blog post. The other things, like writing and reading, and playing a game, or decluttering my life…those all take second fiddle to the facts of keeping a roof over our head, and spending time with my boyfriend so we don’t feel like we’re ignoring one another.

Some days I wish I could go back to being a house wife. I had a lot more time then, and would sometimes spend weeks just doing spring cleaning. Sometimes you  have to spend a lot of time to find all those little nooks and crannies where soup or spaghetti found their way. Especially when you have toddlers.

Maybe I don’t have toddlers anymore, but I do have a house filled with stuff.

And that’s my five.

5 Min – Day 3 – Time

​Good morning.

Today is day three in my reach to carve out five minutes every morning to start with writing.

Lately I’ve been looking at my morning routine, and what I do to wake up and get active and realized that there is a serious problem with it.

Get up. Go to the living room. Watch a little YouTube. Maybe turn on the computer for a bit and play a game, or check up on emails and contacts, then go to work. That is a completely passive morning where I am taking in information from various places, some entertainment, some news or social issues, but not putting out anything for myself.

I realized that these morning pages are instead forcing me to start my day by focusing on something I love; writing. Now that’s a great thing. I can start every morning by putting in five minutes to write about what’s going on in my life, or the world, and instead of constantly consuming to start my day I am producing value for myself, and hopefully for those who read it.

What else is happening? Prime day on Amazon was yesterday. That meant a bunch of stuff was on sale, and I didn’t buy any of it. BUT! I did participate, in a way. I put Witch’s Sacrifice, the first book in the witch’s trilogy, up on sale for 99 cents for the rest of the month. I’m actually doing a few pushes to get more people to see the Witch’s Trilogy because my hope is that when Dragon’s Flame finally comes out those readers will be interested in it, too.

Five minutes are up. See you tomorrow.

5 min – Day 2 – Getting Crafty

I am writing this on my phone, snuggled into my bed,  just before going to sleep.

I am a procrastinator. Hear me roar!

The worst part about putting things off isn’t that they don’t get done right away, it’s that later comes and then you forget that you were supposed to do something. So here I am, typing my five minutes on a little keyboard with my thumbs because I said “I can do that later” and when latter got here and I forgot.

But, I did manage to get some things done today. I just bought a button maker, and so I’ve been testing it out. Printing out little pictures and trying it out. So far I love how easy it is to make them. Simple rhythm of putting the pieces into the press, then pulling the lever in the right order. Easy enough, and I like them.

I didn’t write today, except for this. I think there might be something to the morning pages. They prime the pumps and get you thinking about writing.

But more on that later. Times up.

Five Minutes- Day 1

​Five minutes will change your life, right? At least that is what the writing “guru” Chris Fox said in his 5000 words per min book. Five minute sprints every day will help you become a better, faster, and stronger writer.

So let’s put this to the challenge, why don’t we.

For the next few months I’m going to try it. I will set aside five minutes every single morning and write about what’s going on in my writing, art, and general every day life. That means more blog posts here, and more time to get the thought’s out of my head.

I have no idea what I’m going to write, so let’s be honest here. Sometimes the thoughts in my head get a little dark when I start listening to the news a little too much. Sometimes my depression gets the best out of me and I have a day where I’m in a funk, so we might have those day’s here too. But I’m still going to do it. Why?

A long time ago I read a book called “The Writers Way” which had a very similar thing inside. Not sprints, so much, as a clearing of the house. A clearing of your mind by writing morning pages every day and clearing out the things inside your head so you could concentrate on the things that actually mattered. What’s stressing you? What’s consuming your thoughts? What are you constantly thinking about? Is your mortgage due? Is your child going through the terrible two’s? Is your husband being a little too demanding, or not attentive enough for your taste? Write about it. Put the stresses down and let the world have it’s say then you can set it all aside and just. go. Write.

So that’s what I will be doing for the next few months. Five minutes, every morning. 

Five minutes are up.