Discipline: A Writer's Block Cure that's Much More Fun than You Think
Discipline is a writer's block cure that we usually meet with a heavy sigh and a nodding head. Yes, we know we need discipline to write... Yet, despite our best intentions, discipline often eludes us. We put off writing for other priorities and distractions, rationalizing why we just can't find the time to write. Before we know it, ages go by before we write again—when we find ourselves staring at a blank page.
A long-time client, *David, is a naturopathic physician who has no problem with self-discipline in most areas of his life. He runs a thriving practice, he's an active father of four, and he's also a devoted yogi of 20 years.
Yet, when David puts pen to paper, restlessness sets in and thoughts of self-doubt interrupt his writing process. In his words:
"Writing with self-doubt is like trying to write in a room full of mosquitoes. I get a few words down after weeks of not writing. Then, thoughts of 'I can't' and 'this isn't good enough' infest my mind and block my creative flow. All I want to do is stop writing and move on to something else."
What prevents clients like David from being disciplined with their writing is generally unhealed issues surrounding self-worth and self-love.
Typically, my clients have worked through a great deal of psychological resistance to getting their message out into the world. Soul-centered entrepreneurs are on a path of transformation where we're constantly confronting and changing belief systems, social norms, and personal patterns that no longer serve us.
Without proper support and self-care, this path of transformation can trigger old wounds about self-worth and self-love—such as limiting beliefs about the value of our work, impostor syndrome, and shame. As a result, we can become burned out during the writing process and get writer's block.
In order for discipline to be your writer's block cure, be mindful of your need for support and self-care.
1. Make writing a collaborative effort.
According to Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, "writing is a communal act." In other words, don't isolate yourself. You can write successfully within a community of people you trust.
Surround yourself with people who understand and appreciate your work. Invite a select group of people from this group to provide accountability, encouragement and honest feedback on a regular basis so you stick to your writing goals. Be clear with your group as to what you need help with right now; for example:
Writing a set number of words/articles/pages each month
Releasing negative thoughts about sharing your message or your abilities as a writer
Gaining clarity on what direction to take your work
2. Make self-care a priority.
Writing is a potent self-care tool. When used as such, it can make writing a joyful experience and amplify the impact you make with your content. To support self-care, I often ask my clients to journal before they set out to write a piece. One key writing prompt I recommend is:
What do I need to heal before I write this piece?
I recommend taking at least 15 minutes to write on this question before you start your piece, especially if you're experiencing writer's block. Invite your higher power to support you in answering this question and clearing any blocks to your creative flow.
Set a timer and write without stopping until your time is up; this will build discipline and focus.
Breathe deeply as you write. Also take a few deep breaths and consider meditating after you write.
Say a prayer, affirmation, or intention to bring closure to your journaling and set you up for success, such as: "I am healed and completely surrendered to my writing process."
Consider enrolling in my FREE online How to Slay Writer's Block course below. In it, we'll cover four key questions you can ask yourself to build a disciplined writing routine.
Discipline is a writer's block cure that can transform writing into a joyful, nourishing experience for you and your audience. With the right support and self-care, you empower yourself to stay committed to your writing process—boosting your chances of creating consistent, impactful content.
*I've changed identifying details to protect client confidentiality.