Sometimes I run into a wall and struggle to write. I don’t think it’s writer’s block. Instead, it’s a lack of inspiration or desire to write. This is not the first time and it won’t be the last. For whatever the reason (one day, I’ll figure out the cause and give it a good kickin’) I look at the page whether it’s blank or full and just say, “Meh…”.
Now, I’ve come across other writers on social media who describe this similar phenomena. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one and there are quotes upon quotes of encouraging words out there to lend a helping hand to writers struggling to do what they love. Sometimes these words help me but sometimes they leave me unmoved.
I don’t know if there’s any sure way to push through the funk, but I’ve found that I personally need to let it run its course. The moment of inspiration will come and I’ll feel propelled, set afire to get to typing. Until then, though, I’ve learned to simply let myself be okay with not being the typing terror (worst super villain name ever) that I’ve been the last few months. The mind and creative muscles need a break and I think it’s healthy to allow a little reprieve now and again.
This does affect my editing plans a bit but blogging helps me micro-stretch my writing muscles. I’m reading and listening to music and podcasts in the meantime, hoping inspiration will come. I also wonder if my mind is preoccupied with other things (a mere seven weeks away from our new roommates arrival!). The goal remains the same for the year but I’m not one to think I need to lay down strict red lines (aka deadlines) to meet those goals. Sure, sooner rather than later is important but I also need to be aware of my need to take breaks and rest in the writing process.
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