What To Write When Life Is Overwhelming

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Writers often face the stress of creating content when life feels difficult. For a business marketing writer, this struggle is amplified by the realization that no writing equals no income. In the following post from 2016, I discuss how I write when life is overwhelming. 

I had a great weekend and an amazing Monday. I am increasing personal leads, practicing daily and weekly activities which will grow my business beyond any realistic hope I have had (I was tempted to say beyond my wildest dreams, but my wildest daydreams involve learning that I am the regal heir to a galactic empire who was sent to this backwater planet at birth… #getyourgeekon).

keep writing when life is overwhelming

Back to the point: I hit the inevitable moment when I realize that I am trying to grow too fast, do too much, and am missing out on quality services because of it. The post I had planned for today was a review of 15 different sites for finding content writing leads and gigs online. It will be a great resource, but it was WAY TOO MUCH for a post that is part of a one-a-day commitment.

So it is saved in drafts for a later time, and I am writing a post about the most important thing to do when you are building a business: the next thing.

For me, that is writing a post, even if it isn’t long, or flashy, or the most value-laden post I will ever write. When you commit to a daily activity for your business, do it. Make certain that your commitment has a limit (I am going to write one blog post a day for the next 30 days).

When you hit writers block, or business owner’s block, find out what the next little activity you can do is, and do it.

Today, that meant that I got up and went out to a tutoring meeting. Today, I wrote a post to encourage myself (and hopefully you) to do something meaningful and simple. Today, I am going to write at least one post on Blogmutt.com before I go home.

The solution for writer’s block, for overwhelming busy-ness and for fear is action. So, you should write when life is overwhelming, or podcast, or vlog. What doesn’t matter so much as just getting out of your shell and doing it.

So, I acted now, will you?

(edited April 2017)


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14 Responses to What To Write When Life Is Overwhelming

  1. A timely post. I hear your frustration. I’ve been having similar issues. Sometimes the dreams can interfere with reality. Baby steps…

  2. This is exactly what I needed to hear! Baby steps, indeed! I get so overwhelmed sometimes by all the things to do, that I end up doing nothing but ruminating on all the things I need to do. So now I know: choose one thing, and do it! Thanks!

    • Paul Davis

      Good to hear you could use this. It is something I have read so many times, and yet it is so hard to remember in the thick of it: go do the next thing.
      Thanks for your comment.

  3. I think I have mentioned before, this blogging journey is a totally new experience for me. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find enough topics to write about. So far so good. It’s bloggers with experience, such as yourself, who are helping me along the way.

    • Paul Davis

      Thanks for commenting. I perused your site, you have some great information of value to others. The post I am writing today is actually going to be about how to write as an authoritative voice. Hope you stop back by =)

  4. I really resonated with this post because I am doing a blogging challenge, too, and my intended post for yesterday has shown itself to be a much bigger project that will need to be broken up into pieces. How much of that I will do during the challenge, I don’t know. But when you have writing goals, it’s definitely important to remain realistic about what you can accomplish. Then – just keep swimming…just keep swimming….

    • Paul Davis

      Love the Dory reference! I totally get that. My original post from yesterday is going to become a PDF for giving away to people who sign up for my email list. Probably not until this challenge is done though, because I am still building profiles on some of the sites that I will review.

  5. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all that reality sometimes gets pushed back. Well done for seeing that & pulling back!

  6. Righr. For me, it’s just draw! And perhaps, more importantly, not being overly critcal of myself.

    • Paul Davis

      I know. With so much to do, there is so little space in our life for pointless critical attitudes. Criticism for the point of changing action is OK, but so often it leads to inaction, stagnation, and loss. You can do it. Go draw today and give yourself permission to have weak moments. Everyone does.

  7. It is so easy to get excited about what you want to do and be inspired and then realizing some things need bigger time frames. lol I know I’ve totally been there myself.

    I can’t wait to read more. I’m always interested in writing info.

    • Paul Davis

      Thanks Elly!
      It is so true, I always find myself committing to more than I have time to do. One of my biggest time management issues is learning how to say no, how to say wait, and how to put down my pen and go home after a prescribed amount of time.

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