My Biggest Writing Distraction Is Me

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halom. My name is Yoel. I have just met you and I love that you’re reading this. My God Yahweh gave me this passion for writing. Yahweh, The One True God, is forever good, forever Omniscient, and He gave me this love, so that I may write. Youtube!

How I sometimes feel as a writer.

When it comes to writing, I am my biggest distraction. This feels so liberating to say, because it’s true! I distract myself with Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Yet, once the problem is acknowledged, the solution is nigh, no? I mainly distract myself when I have writer’s block. I notice that these intangibles engender writer’s block:

Fear or self-doubt.

Exhaustion.

High standards that we place upon ourselves.

Feelings of incompetence.

Perfectionism.

Busyness.

Laziness.

Lack of structure or self-discipline.

My fellow writers, can you identify with any of the aforementioned items? High standards. Perfectionism. The last hits home with me. Yet I know my God Yahweh will give me self-discipline and self -control. If I may, I would like to share 3 things I personally do, that facilitate me in writing, when a blank white laptop screen, is staring back at me.

First, when I’m stuck, I will peruse the work of other talented Medium writers, who write about topics that I am genuinely interested in. Especially pieces that gain virality and popularity. This includes topics like The Bible, Spirituality, Race, Pop Culture, Film, Movies, Humor, Poetry. This galvanizes me to become better at the art of writing, and I glean tips on how to improve along the way. Want to be great, study the greats, no?

Second, I observe topical news headlines. Now I know. During this time, there is one monotonous headline, that is dominating the 24/7 news cycle. Simultaneously, it would be epic negligence on my part, if I didn’t mention it. That’s right. Zoom backgrounds. I know. I know. I didn’t want to bring sand to a beach, but we must address the important, pertinent issues. Btw, isn’t the Tropical Paradise background soothing?

Yes, you’re right. Covid-19 headlines are everywhere. For good reason too. I do take care to view the coronavirus briefings. Recently, however, I have been visiting HuffPost Black Voices, along with various sections under News, Politics, Entertainment, and Lifestyle, just to be balanced. Perhaps you can give your opinion on that particular news story. It will be a unique point of view, since it’s coming from you. Hey, that rhymed.

Finally, live life! I find that when I live life, I automatically gain memories, experiences, and material to write about. With everything shut down due to Covid-19, that seems tough to do, but I have seen people innovate and create their way to new material. Thank Yahweh for technology, we are able to communicate in a multiplicity of ways with our beloved ones, and curate new memories. Also, when I reflect on past experiences, I am able to share more anecdotal pieces.

Hope this helps you, my fellow writer. Happy writing!

Shalom.

Lover of Yahweh. Disciple of Rabbi Yahshua The Messiah. Israelite man. Reader of The Hebrew Bible. Writer.

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