Okay, so don't you just hate those days where your there suffering from bloggers block, and then you go online and find out that hey, your the only one! Not that other's never do get it, they just don't have it at the same time as you. In fact, they happen to be brimming with the kind of genius that makes you kick yourself for not thinking of it first. And then their ingenuity gives you a good idea, but you can't write it now because they beat you to it.
Or can you?
I have this weird little mentality that if I want to write something similar (or on the same topic) as something another blogger wrote, that I shouldn't do it. Or, at least not for a couple months. Because its copying, unoriginal, and people have already heard it before so its redundant.
But is that really true? Cus, honestly, I'm mostly just being too hard on myself. So I started thinking about it, and I decided that if I've got something to say, then gosh dang it, I'm gonna go say it. If reading another person's blog gives me an idea on the same topic, then its okay to go and write about it. If it's a new take on an old topic, then people will still want to hear it.
Now am I going to start copying everybody else's posts? No, not at all. But if I have a friend who posts about cliches, dialogue, plot, etc. and it inspires me to write something about that, then I will. But I'll add to it to make it original, and something worth reading.
(HINT: This can apply to our writing, too)
Now here's the question: How do we know when to stop? Because while sometimes we do have a great idea, other times where just following the cliches. So how do we recognize it and know when we need to make some serious changes?
Well, Christine Tyler has an answer. Here.
Dang, I couldn't have said it better myself. Seriously, avoiding cliches can be hard stuff, so this post was perfect for me. So go ahead and answer the questions, and make some changes if need be. But most of all, have fun while doing it, because if we're not enjoying our writing, then why do it?
So have you ever read another person's post and had a light-bulb moment? Ever had blogger's block really bad? What do you do to fight it? Answer below!