I am having 1 of THOSE days. The kind where not a creative insight or idea is to be seen or heard coming from me. I suppose it’s because I have my day job weighing on my mind so very heavily. My brain is about 95% invested in the craziness of the day. And it happens to all of us. It happens to famous bestselling authors, teachers, salespeople, etc…, so I’m not going to let it get to me or make me feel like a loser or a fake. Sometimes it will be work while other times it will be family issues/responsibilities or relationship problems or even because you spent last night out with your friends and you’re just tired. We don’t need an excuse to have an off day creatively. The only thing that we must remember is to not let that 1 off day become several days, then a week, then a month, etc…. Make a deal with yourself that you are going to sit down at your laptop or with a pen and notebook tomorrow and try. A lot of this is just about showing up and making an effort. Write, even if it’s crap. You can fix crap but you can’t fix a blank page…well unless you put words on it. 1 off day does not mean that you’ve lost your creative edge or that you will never be creative again. Don’t make up excuses to match your current frame of mind. We, as writers looking to be published, have enough obstacles to overcome…don’t become 1 of them! Even though I was sure that I had absolutely nothing of interest to write today, somehow, that nothing became something. It’s not earth-shattering or even anything that you didn’t already know but it’s a reminder that we need to get out of our own way sometimes. When we say that we can’t do this or that we’re basically setting up a self-fulfilling prophecy. And then it becomes our excuse for not doing this or that. It’s like asking a teenager why they did something and they give you the standard reply of because. You’ve created a tautology that will shut your writing down…it’s true because it is. I can’t do this because I can’t. What? No, it’s true because we’re making it true. Don’t do that!! We have enough reasons to not write…life, in general, is a good reason but we’ve written through heartache, joy, excitement, disappointment, love, hate, apathy, feast, famine, etc…, so don’t use I got nothin’ as an excuse to not write. You can and have written thru every situation and emotion. Don’t let a BS made up excuse be the reason you stop writing. And, if you do have nothin’, fake it. Keep writing until you have somethin’.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour