Hey guys! So this post is going to be a little more personal. No, I did not get my heart broken, but I have been feeling a little let down lately. So let’s talk about those lulls in writing, shall we?
Things are going bad, you don’t know if you should write. What do you do? You don’t want to write about something that someone might see and recognize.
You don’t want to talk things out any more than you’d like to stay feeling this way. This is a weird state that I think poets or writers of any kind find themselves in when they lack the passion that pushes us forward daily.
It’s not necessarily writers block, but you still don’t rush home to pick up a pen and write about it. Writing about tough times just puts them down in permanent ink and sometimes that can be the last thing you want. What you need to do is find a creative way to get these weights off of your chest without worrying about where you’ve aired your dirty laundry.
Read over some old stuff you’ve written, remind yourself of your amazing ability even when everything else is going wrong.
Listen to some of the best music, watch some of the best movies and spend time with some of the best people you know. Take yourself back to all the things that have made you happy and remember how much writing does as well (assuming it does).
Get enough sleep, food and exercise. Push yourself to healthier standards to start feeling like yourself again. It’s okay to recycle old life routines, as long as they’ve worked.
Think of all the things that went wrong. Start writing about it. Don’t put that writing in anyones hands or anywhere that you don’t trust. Leave it for a day or two. Revisit it when you’re feeling better and see if you can edit it without taking out all the pain in it that makes it so good. Your goal here is to remove little hints and factoids that someone may see and use to dig up the past. Because we don’t want that.
Everything will be okay in the end. You can do this. As crazy and uneasy sounding as it is, some of the best writing comes from times of pain and weakness. All we know how to do is write about people we’ve known and experiences we’ve had.
“You need to realize that the way you are feeling now will not be permanent.”
We can’t write about what we don’t know. Unless it’s a fictional story, then we can debate that. Anyways, I hope everyone’s week has been better than mine was and enjoy this weekend we have coming up!