What does Elizabeth Gilbert and I have in common? We both went on a trip, ate lots of yummy food, and we did no work. And… we both are writers.
Last year, I too went overseas with the noble aims to eat, relax and shop. And yet, going to visit family with two kids whining on the long plane ride doesn’t evoke the same sympathiesand romantic feelings that Ms Gilbert did with her Eat, Pray, Love phenomenon. It just doesn’t seem as important as going away to spend one year – no kids – no work – in three countries, that was all paid for.
Furthermore, my trip did not give me any fodder to write about, and sadly I felt no urges to start a book about it either.
I was never sobbing on the floor at night, although there were plenty of times when I did feel like making some little people cry. This was disappointing because I was hoping to have enough material to write something, in times like this, when I have a bad case of writer’s block.
This brings me to Anne Lamott (Author of Bird by Bird) who has been my inspiration in times like these. She helpfully suggests to simply embrace it (writer’s block). In her understanding words, we are running empty and when we accept this and go on with life, we will start to fill up again. We will then be hit with the urgency to rush back to our computers. Such profound words!
I am taking this advice to heart and I am going to give my block some space. In the meantime I am going to whine about other things…
Well of Inspiration is Running Dry
Every morning I wake to an inbox full of emails from all sorts of blogs – writing blogs, blogging blogs, inspirational blogs and few lifestyle blogs.
At my bedside table, the tower of books piling high is about to topple over and looks as though it’s gonna drown me any moment now.
The stories that I keep hearing from my kids, friends and family are never ending. And yet the only feeling that I have in my fingers is of numbness, from the Melburnian cold snap. Oh actually, this might very well be the reason for all my miseries. Sure, when in doubt, blame it on the weather.
Life Duties are Beginning to Bring me Down
It’s more than a week that cold and flu have declared our home as theirs. Initially, they came to visit but formed an affinity to all family members and refuse to go away. Two children and a well bodied spouse – who is acting worse than a sick toddler – its hardly surprising that I can’t even sit down for a minute, let alone sit down to write.
There is no fun in hubby dearest yelling – yeah go and do your blogging while I am dying here … ah, a woman’s guilt, how men manipulate us. And what else could I do except sit by my poor husband and give him a head massage, while what I really want is to do something – to his neck.
Even a Turtle is Faster than Me
I started my blog because I feel that I need to give myself a chance to find out if I am any good at this online writing thing – or not.
I started blogging because I love writing and helping people to get inspired.
If there is anything that I’d rather do than write, is to teach about writing. In fact, I left my law and marketing careers to take up teaching full time because this is what I believe my calling is – learning, writing, teaching.
And yet, sometimes I wonder if I am making even a dent in the infinite world of blogging. Could I ever go like .. infinity and beyond? (A much loved proclamation of both my 7 year old and Buzz Lightyear.) When would I start getting some well deserved results?
I am usually a pretty positive person but a like a Duracell battery, I too need to be recharged to be able to keep going. My writer’s block allows me this time.
Good, now I have at least one reason to sob on the floor at night, if I can stay up that long – that is.
Waaaah … My muse has left the building.
What do you do when you are hit by a dreaded case of writer’s block? Can you afford to follow Ms Lamott’s suggestion and wait it out? Or are you desciplined enough to start like a half dozen pieces, and not worry about how they turn out? Do share your tips while I keep on whining …
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