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This past Thursday marked three months since dismantling my life as I knew it and moving to Australia. You could call it an annivAUSary… but, then again, you probably wouldn’t.

It also marked three weeks since shacking up with my newest – and least favourite – housemate: writer’s block.

The Problem

A quick Google search of “How to overcome writer’s block” produces the same piece of advice over and over and over again: do not, in any way, submit to the temptation to throw your hands in the air like you really – and I mean really – don’t care. Under no circumstance should you indulge the nagging voices in the back of your mind singing songs about your creative failures, your intellectual fraudulence, and your total lack of authenticity.

“Just write,” they say. “Put pen to paper, write, and things will get better.”

Because I make my living as a writer, I often have no choice but to “just write” – not only because I have bills to pay, but because I care about my clients and it’s important to me to deliver on the promises I make to them. As a professional, I must conquer the fear of the blank page on an almost daily basis, but on a personal level, the closest I’ve come to a blog post in the last month was a grocery list.

The science checks out, though: it is much easier to continue than it is to begin.

Unfortunately, however, writing is not a science… it is an art. But like science, art is hard. It’s messy. It’s frustrating. Sometimes inspiration strikes at the most inconvenient of times and in the most inconvenient of places… and sometimes it eludes you altogether.

So what’s a girl to do?

The Solution

In an attempt to incorporate “just write” into my personal regimen, I’ve subscribed myself and, in so doing, this blog, to a 31-day #my500words challenge. The premise is simple: 500 words a day for 31 days.

500 words should be a breeze, right?

Word count: 395. Shit.

The Twist

Inspiration does not simply arrive; in many cases, it must be hunted. That’s why I’m on the hunt, and why I’m looking to you, Internet, for inspiration.

Every good blog post has a call to action, so here’s mine: help me survive this 500-a-day diet.

How?

I want to give you control of the next 30 days’ worth of content.

I’m passing the torch on to you: what would you like to see discussed on Little Writer, Big World? Ask me a question (but let’s try to keep it PG-13), share a thought-provoking quote, a news article, or whatever it is that’s been keeping you up at night.

My promise: to work through as many submissions as possible before the 31 days (ending Tuesday, June 7) are up.

Here’s how to get in touch:

  • Leave a comment below;
  • Shoot me an e-mail (jessica@paperplanecomm.com);
  • Find (and follow!) me on Facebook; or
  • Find (and follow!) me on Instagram.

I can’t wait to see what we come up with and everything I learn along the way.

Until tomorrow,

J.

PS – Word count: 515. Success!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alan May 9, 2016 at 1:20 am

    It’s interesting when you don’t have to write it’s a breeze. That is my story and I’m stickin’ to it! Then again I write not because I can, but because I have to. Whether it’s posting to Face Book, my blog, or commenting on another writers post, it’s a must.

    Funny how that works. Recently I wrote for a short time for one of those “content” sites that pay starvation wages for what some call writing. After reviewing some of the sites that used such, I came to the point of realizing while I may not get paid on a regular basis to produce words worthy of publishing, it would normally be judged worthy of reading.

    After quickly earning $100 I was hired by a client to produce content at an “expert” rate. This lasted for two projects, at which point they decided it could be done for less. So for me, it was back to “no rules, no regrets!” Keep on keepin’ on Jessica.

    • Reply Jessica Reimer May 9, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Your comment is very timely: just yesterday I was browsing through a blogger job board and came across an ad seeking bloggers with 2+ years of experience to craft 400 – 600 words posts for $5.00 per. FIVE DOLLARS! I was stunned. Business models like these completely undermine the integrity and spirit of writing.

      Kudos on recognizing you weren’t earning your worth. “No rules, no regrets” sounds like a darn good philosophy to me!

      Cheers,

      J.

  • Reply Alan May 9, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I have no idea why the “i” s are omitted!

    • Reply Jessica Reimer May 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

      I’m about as far from tech-savvy as they come, but I’ll look into this. Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Reply Ashlyn May 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Would be interested to read how you ended up pursuing your love of writing for a career!

    • Reply Jessica Reimer May 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Ashlyn – I’ll add that to the docket. If you’re interested, I’d love for you to guest post your own journey here, too!

  • Reply Dustin Singular May 14, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. -Charles Bukowski
    Here’s an idea for “500” word article. LWBW what would you think would be a good level of “crazy”.
    Sometimes you have to cross the lines to know where you stand, and to figure out what side you were on.

    • Reply Jessica Reimer May 14, 2016 at 3:12 am

      Thanks for the great suggestion, Dustin. It’s on the list!

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