What to Say When You’ve Got Nothing to Say

I feel like I’ve had nothing to say all week. I haven’t actually posted since last Tuesday, and that bothers me. Every time I’ve tried to brainstorm this week I’ve come up empty. The words I want to write just aren’t there, and I feel guilty. Why?

Maybe it’s because I feel like I owe it to my readers that I have something to say every week. Maybe I think I owe it to myself, I don’t know. But I have this innate feeling that by not writing, someone is missing out. There’s someone I could be reaching, but I’m not because there’s nothing for them to read.

I could chalk it up to the fact that I am finally off my medication and that’s what is affecting me – but that wouldn’t be true either. Truth be told, that process has been good so far (it’s only been a few days), and though it will be weeks until I am out of the woods I feel good about how it’s been going. Maybe I’m just making excuses for being lazy.

As a writer, what do you tell yourself when you have nothing to say? Do you remain silent, or do you try to conjure something out of nothing?

I’d liken this situation to fighting against mental illness. Sometimes the fight seems fruitless and that you’re getting nowhere. Sometimes you just want to remain quiet and won’t write again until you ‘feel like it.’ But if we all waited until we ‘felt like it’ to do something, things would never get done, goals would not be created and dreams would not be reached.

Sometimes success isn’t just in doing something well, but in doing something at all. I don’t know what I hope to accomplish with this post, but I know that I’m winning just by writing it at all. That might not mean much, but it means something to me. And isn’t that enough?

Is there something you want me to write about on the blog? Let me know in the comments or @brainsnotbroken on Twitter! 


9 thoughts on “What to Say When You’ve Got Nothing to Say

  1. seaofwordsx May 23, 2019 / 11:11 am

    You are so right 💗 Sometimes I also have a writers block and it’s hard because I love to create content and inspire other people. We just have to not be hard on ourselves and accept it. We will get inspiration again to write. Sometimes we just have to begin to write something and ideas will come up without thinking. You did a great job in writing this post.

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    • Nathan Smith May 29, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much! I felt a little nervous admitting this but the response makes me feel much better about this problem.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. ashleyleia May 23, 2019 / 11:41 am

    When I’m feeling low on ideas I’ll sometimes take inspiration from someone else’s article and either do my take on the same topic or write about my reaction to their article.

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    • Nathan Smith May 29, 2019 / 3:24 pm

      A reaction to an article is a good idea – it’d let me give me own spin on a topic and maybe look at it from a new perspective. Thanks!

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  3. Johnzelle May 25, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    If you hold yourself to strict standards, it becomes a chore. Don’t be so rigid with yourself. Been there, done that. When you feel compelled to write, do it. Quality, not quantity

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    • Nathan Smith May 29, 2019 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you for this reminder! I feel like I’m always searching for quantity I get lost and forget about putting out a quality post.


      • Johnzelle May 29, 2019 / 3:26 pm

        From what I’ve read so far, you’re putting out good, meaningful content 🙂


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