I mentioned in my post last week that so far in 2018, writing has felt like pulling teeth.
Can anyone else relate?
After Christmas, I had every intention of returning to this blog and carrying on as I had. I had every intention of cranking out a sequel for my treasure hunter series within the first quarter of the year. I was finally going to finish a World War II story I’d started last August.
But every time I sat down to write, I stared at the blank page and my mind felt equally empty. The tricks that had worked for me in the past just weren’t doing it for me this time around. I had no idea what to do.
I had felt something stirring in me for The Lexicon Writing Blog around Christmas time. I wanted to expand this blog from the listicles and click-bait titles I’ve subsisted on for a year and a half and get into what I really love to write: the heart of the situation. The heart of writing.
Writing about the heart of things means revealing your failures. And that’s never easy to admit, even to ourselves.
But throughout your writing life, you’ll encounter pinnacles of achievement and valleys of barrenness and there’s nothing right or wrong about either location. They’re simply a part of the journey. We’d be blind not to acknowledge the entire trip.
Once I’d realized that it was alright for me to be in a writing winter, I got the inspiration for last week’s post. The words still came slowly, but they came one after another like ants on the march, pouring out of me until I had a complete post.
My writing is still coming slowly. This post has taken me two attempts to finish but here it is on the blog, alive and well.
If your writing in 2018 isn’t going like you’d planned, don’t stress. The more you stress about it the more you’ll find yourself with undue pressure, agonizing blank pages, and some negative self talk.
My friend India is one of the most incredible writers I’ve ever read and also one of the most wise. I asked her for some encouragement and advice a few weeks ago and this is what she came to me with:
“Remember: the gap between where you are and where you want to be should inspire you, not scare you… you can made steps everyday to get there… before JK Rowling was JK Rowling, she was just an intelligent woman with nothing talent and a good idea. You’re not any different.”
I hope you’ll carry this advice with you as we venture further into the year and carry our writing with us. Much luck and love to you, writer friends!
Postscript: If you ever need advice or have ideas for what you want to see on this blog, shoot me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!