Writer’s block is a known phenomenon and as my last post was in August 2012 it could be assumed that is what I’ve been suffering from. But it isn’t. In fact I wrote the next post early in September; my problem has been completion block.
Completion block: the inability to finish the last few steps of a bigger task
My block is with the images I want to include in the post; I need to edit the photographs and produce a process diagram. I want them to look good, so I haven’t started producing them! And the longer I’ve left it the bigger my resistance.
This wouldn’t be a problem if I was at work. If I’m working to a deadline then I would have to push my way through the block. I would probably chip away at the edges by spending small amounts of time on the task until I had the motivation or incentive to complete it. However, at home instead of being forceful with myself I’ve ignore my blog instead. Obviously this does not help me publish posts so I’m going to leave the troublesome post and concentrate on writing new content; I hope one day I will feel interested in producing the images.
I know in many cases it is necessary to work through a block and leaving the task doesn’t fit with my aim of completing items, but this one post is causing me such a big block to my blog. Plus I suspect the real problem is not having processes to produce the images and once I’ve developed these I am confident I will complete the post.
Do you suffer from completion block? How do you deal with it? How do you produce the images for your blog?