Are You a Gutless Blogger?

Let me know if this has ever happened to you: after sitting at your desk for what seems like hours, writing and rewriting, trying to communicate an idea, it downs on you that you’re feeling a bit… lost.

You write a paragraph, only to decide that’s not what you really want to say. So then you rewrite it to something you’re reasonably happy with, but then you can’t figure out what comes next.

You sit there thinking about it for a while, becoming increasingly frustrated with yourself. Finally, you just walk away, trying to find some perspective, but when you come back, instead of gaining some clarity, it seems like your ideas are even more muddled than before.

Every writer has been there. Some call it writer’s block. Others say they’ve lost their “creative direction.”

Personally, I think they’ve become gutless.

Why gutless?

People like to use the word  “guts” to describe courage, strength of character, and honesty.

You know what you want, what to do to get it, and you are not afraid to go after it.

No matter what.

If you want a recipe for a great blog post, rummage through your brain for that one topic you have always been afraid to write about and then write about it.

I’ve noticed that, whenever I have trouble writing about a topic, it’s usually when I’m trying to hold back a certain opinion I have.

The best solution?

I change the headline of my post to How to [Subject of the post], and then I write a series of subheads outlining the steps of exactly how to do it. And you know what? It works like gangbusters every time. If you can put what you’re writing into a series of steps, it’ll make your thinking and writing more complete.

What to do if you’re gutless.

Here are some tips that might help you:

  • Journal – Instead of writing what you’re supposed to write, just write down whatever is in your head. You’ll probably notice what you really want to say pop out.
  • Start another draft – If you get stuck in the middle of a post, try starting over with a different opening. Chances are, it’ll be more clear.
  • Remember your readers – What can you say that will help your readers the most? How do you need to say it?
  • Question yourself – If you’re not clear, don’t try to keep writing. Ask yourself, “What is my goal for this blog post?”
  • Work on something else – Instead of waiting for your subconscious to sort things out, try working on something else where you have more clarity. It’s more productive than just sitting there, getting frustrated.

If it sounds like a lot of work… it is. Still, it’s worth every moment if you want to be brave as a blogger. Your words just fly onto the page and finishing the blog post is next to effortless. It’s not because you suddenly found your talent. It’s because you finally know exactly what you want to say and how to say it and you have the guts to stop thinking about it and punch the damn keys…

And that isn’t just half the battle. It’s pretty much all of it.

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26 thoughts on “Are You a Gutless Blogger?

  1. I love the way you’ve looked at this…
    Personally, I’ve experienced this so many times, mostly after I’ve published it which only makes it worse.
    The only thing worse that getting negative comments on a post is finding yourself agreeing with them, however small a way.
    Think about it, the problem may be with me, not with the ‘writer’s blog’ we all love to blame it on…
    I’m just so glad I read this! Looking forward to reading more from you! ❤

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  2. Thanks for this great post! As I was reading it, I realized that you are so right! There are so many things that I feel strongly about and yet am afraid to write about because of how others might take it. And those things that I am suppressing get in the way of my writing.
    Really helpful! Thanks.

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  3. I like how you say, “If you want a recipe for a great blog post, rummage through your brain for that one topic you have always been afraid to write about and then write about it.”

    I will keep this in mind, when writing my next blog post, thanks!

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    1. I agree, but sometimes we hold back our opinions because we’re either afraid of hurting/offending others or of being criticized because of what we said. Sometimes it’s hard to strike the balance between being honest and straightforward about what we think or feel when we also think that others might take offense with what we’re going to say/write (at least that’s how I feel sometimes).

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  4. I can totally relate. And I can certainly agree that we usually get lost when we are holding something back. Been there, done that. And sometimes I feel like I was much braver as a writer when I was younger.
    Thanks for the tips. Will keep them in mind. 😊

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  5. I completely relate! Thank you for this post!!! Unfortunately, I allowed my gutlessness – and then life also gets in the way – to completely derail me from my writing. I am just now coming back to it. I will definitely try your tips! Happy writing. 🙏❤️

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  6. You make some very interesting points here! I’ve several article topics on the go that I just can’t seem to get right. I’m not happy with the phrasing or arrangement. Hopefully leaving them for a while and returning with a fresh head will help to solve this.

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  7. I always laugh at my past posts because when I write, I don’t really try to tone down or re-evaluate my opinions. Usually, it’s all about looking for misspells and maybe a point that needs a little more explaining. For the most part, I feel gutless when I feel like I haven’t made myself laugh or entertained. I don’t know if entertaining yourself is selfish or not?

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  8. Maybe I am different but I like to let the voices in my head out to play, well NOT all of them obviously…I couldn’t risk that level of insanity !
    I do write as I speak though and let the words flow, yes it takes courage but as one of your other followers mentioned…own it and press send !

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