What’s Stopping You?

Road Block
What is blocking your creative path?

What’s the biggest blocker to you shipping something today?

Getting started?

Coming up with an idea?

Too many other seemingly important things to do?

Perfectionism?

Think about the process you need to go though to go from start to finish.

Write it down.

Here’s mine as a writer of a blog post.

  1. Blog post idea.
  2. Research.
  3. Writing.
  4. Editing.
  5. Formatting and Publishing.

I am find the first 3 steps easy. I am rubbish (beyond rubbish) at the last 2.

I hate editing. By the time I drag myself through it I am tired and find it hard to focus on formatting and publishing. If I am able to skip the editing part then I do like the final step.

I have identified that the thing blocking me is editing. Therefore that is what I need to work on and improve.

This is my experience, but I would love to hear yours.

Write down your creative process in steps from start to finish (do it in the comments below). It doesn’t matter is you are a writer, photographer, painter, jewelry maker, entrepreneur or anything.

Try and make it 5 steps or less – we’re just talking the big milestones here.

Now identify the one thing that is blocking you from shipping your product, service or business.

That is what you need to focus on and make a priority.

Post your stuff in the comments and the Create & Conquer tribe will help and support you.

Go!

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Digital & World Explorer: I make the web really simple for small business at Really Simple Web. I also read and travel a lot. This is my personal blog where I write about digital creativity, business, and building better websites.

9 thoughts on “What’s Stopping You?”

  1. Hmm. I guess it’s a bit different for everything, but for a blog post the process unfolds in a pretty general fashion:

    1. Write idea and a few sentences about the idea down in a notebook so I don’t forget it.

    2. Begin writing, doing any research I need to do, while I write.

    3. Save and leave.

    4. Revisit and edit – usually a day later.

    5. Format and Publish.

    For longer pieces I outsource my editing (I’m no details person) to a great editor at Fiverr.

    Would love to hear others’ process.

    >> Aaron

  2. 1. Write off the top of my head (almost) every day (my journal)

    2. Review my journal for blog ideas, and rewrite or rework

    3. Set it aside, edit it, let my wife read it, edit it again.

    4. Publish.The process appears to be totally different for songwriting, however. I’m still experimenting with it, but it appears that chord progression –> melody –> lyrics works best for me (rather than starting with lyrics and working the other way around).

    Thanks, Chris! Very thought provoking!

      1. @cjstott My biggest block is consistency. I tend to get burned out or frustrated, or sometimes I just have a hard time “making” myself get out of bed and write. I have the additional block of having no confidence when it comes to writing music. I can sing and play someone else’s song in front of anyone, but I’ve never written a song I liked.

        1. @blessedbohemian Try 750words.com for helping with consistency.

          I hear you about music – I have the same problem. I think it is a case of ‘just do it’

  3. This is for my blog posts:

    0) Capture every idea I have in Evernote. (it’s step 0 because it goes on behind the scenes all the time, then the writing process begins below).

    1) Sift through Evernote reading ideas and wait for the passion lightning bolt to strike. Different moods & different days resonate with different post ideas.

    2) Write the post idea at the top of a new page and some of the main points that come to mind about it.

    3) Write a goal or takeaway for readers

    4) Write as much as I can

    5) Realize it doesn’t talk about the goal or takeaway as I’d intended. Edit the hell out of it.

    — potential major stall here —

    6) Ask my wife if it makes sense

    7) Format and publish (I enjoy this part. It’s rewarding).

  4. This is for my blog posts:

    0) Capture every idea I have in Evernote. (it’s step 0 because it goes on behind the scenes all the time, then the writing process begins below).

    1) Sift through Evernote reading ideas and wait for the passion lightning bolt to strike. Different moods & different days resonate with different post ideas.

    2) Write the post idea at the top of a new page and some of the main points that come to mind about it.

    3) Write a goal or takeaway for readers

    4) Write as much as I can

    5) Realize it doesn’t talk about the goal or takeaway as I’d intended. Edit the hell out of it.

    — potential major stall here —

    6) Ask my wife if it makes sense

    7) Format and publish (I enjoy this part. It’s rewarding).

    My biggest roadblock is ensuring it’s going to be useful to my readers. I get hung up on this one a lot and I think it kills a lot of good posts by overthinking… not to mention the wasted time!

    1. @deaconbradley Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I think the best way to work out if it is good enough for your readers is to consistently put stuff out there and see what kind of reaction it gets. You’ll then be able to gauge what works and what doesn’t <–this is a marathon not a sprint certainly.

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