Do you feel sometimes that you chose to write, or did writing choose you? It’s a question I have asked myself loads of time especially when the muse has escaped me for some time. Just like now.
Writing, writing, writing, sometimes I love it and at other times I hate it and feel it chose me to torment me. Because you know that feeling when you are not writing anything at all but you are thinking about writing. Then there is this guilty feeling that goes like this: how an earth are you going to amount to anything without a few viable projects in the pipeline, let alone sent them off!
In your mind you are working on a bestseller but the reality is you are looking out of a window, or watching TV, or doing some such distracting pursuit. It’s more a case of the book you are NOT writing rather than the other way around!
Well, despite everything it is possible to come back from these moments of extreme writer’s block and rock solid barriers and actually do some writing! At the moment for me I am facing some health challenges, meaning is has a direct influence on my wanting to write anything at all! For you it might be something else for example, finding the time or indeed a quiet place to take down some notes.
Taking a break from writing
The first thing I would say is not to beat yourself up, you are not going to achieve anything. The second thing is to give your writing a break and go and do something physical like going for a swim, walking the dog or now that it’s summer, some gardening. You will probably find that without thinking about anything you are replenishing that creative well, so when you do sit down again your fingers fly over the keyboard.
I think it is important to get out and socialise as well because writing is chiefly a solitary pursuit. Furthermore, writers tend to be hermits by nature, something I know I am guilty of. So if you get out and about more then while you are having fun, you are inadvertently gathering information and tidbits. You can then bring fresh material to your next writing project.
I think the reason why writers tend to be hermits and loners is because we are the observers of life. It is our job to take the ordinary events of life and put a dramatic spin on them. For example, a woman waiting at a bus stop could actually be escaping an abusive marriage and has waited until her husband has gone to work to plan her escape! Or the same woman could be returning from a fun time with friends she has not seen for a while.
The possibilities are endless, just like the human imagination knows no bounds. The only limitations to writing are the ones we place on it. J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series is a good example of a futile creative imagination.
So whatever you feel your barriers are to you writing creatively, they do not have to be permanent. Take a break, kick back and relax. In no time at all you will feel the stirrings of your creativity once again.
Good Luck and Happy Writing!
Until next time, S