How to Write When Your Words are Broken

How to Write When Your Words are Broken

What do you do when you host a link up, but you don’t have anything to say? I’ll tell you. You get real thankful that the writing prompt is obstacles.

I had some deadlines earlier this week that kept me hopping and some hard writing I needed to do in order to work through some of my own issues. When it came time to sit down and write about obstacles, I drew a blank.

Initially, I planned to write about the obstacles to meeting my 2016 goals. But I kind of already did that here. I respect your time and attention enough to not rehash my old stuff. That left me with a blinking cursor.

Writing hasn’t been easy the last few weeks. There have been a few times I wanted to quit. And times like right now when I sit down to write and I feel like my words are broken. How do you push through and write anyway?

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How to Write When Your Words are Broken

Join a link up.

I am a little partial to this one because I really do enjoy visiting with you every Friday. Link-ups provide a writing prompt to get you started as well as the accountability to keep you going. It is also a great opportunity to meet other writers and introduce yourself to new readers. Besides #FridayFive (wink-wink), some of my favorite link-ups are Suzie Ellers #livefreeThursday and Holly Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart (Wednesday).


Read good things.

Some of the best words come to me when I read God’s word (funny how that works). It inspires deeper thinking and self-reflection. It helps me get over myself. I also find new things to write about as I read good books—fiction and non-fiction, new and old. I write down quotes that make me think or make me want to write. These serve as a starting point for new, fresh words.


Live your life.

Liz Curtis Higgs said, “Your best story happened ten minutes ago.” My friend Andrea used this thought to help her defeat the blinking cursor last week. The result was beautiful (read it here). I tried it. It was invigorating! When the cursor mocks you, get up and live a little. There are good words buried within your day. You just need to get out there and live them! (I will share my Last Ten Minutes on Empty Plate Full Heart next week.)


Open a notebook and write.

Writing for other people can jam up your thoughts in an instant. Writing for yourself helps to connect your mind and heart to your pen. My friend Harmony introduced me to the idea of Morning Pages. This practice of stream of conscious, long-hand writing can help unblock your creativity. Read more about Morning Pages here.


Talk about it.

Consider speaking your thoughts instead of trying to write them. I sometimes use the voice memo app on my phone to get my thoughts out when writing seems like an obstacle. Talking to friends can also help loosen up the words that get hung up in your head. I have birthed more than one blog post while batting messages back and forth with trusted friends.

How to Write When Your Words are Broken

When you want to write but feel like you can’t, try one or more of these strategies to fix those broken words. You have something unique and important to add to the conversations going on out there in the world. Please, push through and write anyway. When you do, drop a link here and I will cheer for you!


#FridayFive Link Up

How do you overcome writing obstacles? Do you have a favorite link up, journaling style, or exercise that gets you going? Share in the comments. Link your blog posts on obstacles using the button below. It doesn’t have to be about writing—I love the variety you all bring each week!

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  1. Thank you so much. This linkup has really helped me to overcome my writing obstacles. I really appreciate the time and energy that you put into making this place for us to share!

  2. I don’t have a lot of good advice to give anyone on the subject. Sometimes I just have to get quiet and still enough to ask God what I should write and then listen to His voice. When He gives the words, you know they are for someone dear to Him who needs to hear what you have to say. Thanks for your suggestions! I think I’ll bookmark this page so I can come back to it each time I need to see your suggestions again. 🙂

  3. These are fantastic ideas. So now I’ll go use then as an excuse to read a good book. 😉

  4. Thank you so much for this. As a “new” writer, these ideas will for sure help with my obstacles. I will be looking into the morning pages.

  5. Lindsey Feldpausch March 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for these practical ideas! Thank you for continuing to write, Kelly! What a blessing to be able to read your words!

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