Been struggling to find inspiration lately. Maybe I’m just jaded? I mean, how many more shootings can I write about? And the royal wedding was splendid and all, but I didn’t even know it was happening until it was over. (Yes, I’m out of touch.) I’ve been searching for meaning and struggling to find it, even in my triathlon training. Like, who cares? What’s the point? I keep thinking about my friend from college in Africa. I’ve been back in the States too long. Maybe once I finish this grad school thing, it’s time to go where I feel like I can really make a difference.
Below is a poem I originally published on February 20, 2013. It seems appropriate today.
I’m reaching and falling.
I’m hemming and hawing.
I’m trying and failing.
I’m rowing, now bailing.
(Never give up.)
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. — Anais Nin
For an audio recording of the above, click below:
I get the feeling sometimes that there’s nothing to write about. I’m going to take a weekend off I think. A break maybe what we need.
I agree with Gary. Sometimes there’s just nothing to write about. I was like that trying to do my first book – absolutely no inspiration to write it for the last two years. I don’t think you are out of touch and you said it so bluntly: who cares, who cares when you keep up to date with what’s going on around you. To a degree that’s important but so many things in life can wait or are trivial that we need not spend much time on it as knowing them won’t change our lives. For instance, to very politely put it I don’t give a sh*t about the royal wedding; people can live their own lives. I don’t care about not promoting my writing more on social medial it just takes up too much time for me when I am happiest just writing. Hopefully you get to feel the words again within you soon :)
Jessica, you’re trying too hard. Just BE.
I dumped all my SM except for my two blogs and website. I post when I’m moved to. Otherwise, like Mabel, I just write—and I love it!
The more you try to control…the more seeps through your grasp.
Thanks, Frank. I think you’re right. I appreciate your advice!
Just think of “writer’s block” as your spirit’s way of telling you that you need a break. Don’t buy into all that hype of “you can’t afford to take a break if your’e writing seriously or commercially or on schedule…,” because that’s all that is: hype. Everyone needs a break, just not in the same way as everyone else. LISTEN to yourself. Embrace yourself.
Don’t give up. Suddenly it will change. Frank’s advice is good. :-)
Thank you, Otto! I appreciate it. I’m trying not to try to hard. In fact I thought of Frank’s advice tonight when I was trying to write a poem and it was NOT happening!
It’s frustrating, but still, keep at it. :-)