We’ve all been there…the notebook is open to a blank page, the pens or pencils are laid out, that infernal cursor is blinking on the blank computer screen, the blank index cards sit there in a stack, steam is rising off of a fresh cup of hot tea or coffee and we have no idea what to write. Sometimes this happens when we are starting a new project but it could just as easily happen in the middle of a current project. We can sit and worry that we’ve completely lost our once prolific creative ability or we can relax and just accept that we’re going to have off days. If we’re in the middle of a project when the muse deserts us, we can proofread and edit what we had previously written. Sometimes that will spark an idea; other times, you’re still left high and dry. Muses can be a little bitchy at times so curse her and move on. Walk away from the computer and/or notebook. We’re just going to end up more frustrated if we sit there and try to force it to happen. If you’re like every other writer, you have a lot of books about writing so find 1 that speaks to you right this second and start reading it. Or write in your journal. Start a blog. Go for a run. Sit in the garden and watch dragonflies. Take a nap. Do anything but sit there and try to force the writing to happen. Close the laptop and the notebook and step away. They will be there tomorrow when your writer’s brain is once again fully engaged and ready to write. Being a “creator” is unique in that it is a job but it’s also a release. But, because it’s a job, sometimes you need a little time off just like a teacher, accountant, office worker, etc…. Don’t sweat it. The more you worry about it and push yourself, the more your brain will rebel against writing. Just relax and know that you haven’t lost your creative ability. You’re just taking some time off. And that’s something that everyone needs. Just don’t use it as an excuse to completely stop writing!
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway