How many times have we heard, as authors, to write, write, write?
More than we can count, I’ll bet. But what happens when you can’t write? When the words just aren’t there, and nothing seems to excite you?
If you’re lucky, you never reach that place, or if you do, it doesn’t last long. That feeling of blankness. It’s not writer’s block, I don’t believe in that at all. But I do believe that there are times when we just…run out. Of ideas, of excitement, of passion.
And that’s okay.
Repeat after me – It’s okay if I don’t write.
When I was writing like crazy, publishing anywhere from 6-10 books a year, the ideas came so fast I barely had time to get them down. I wrote on several books at once, and it was like they spilled out of me. I worked a full-time job and wrote in the evenings and on weekends when I didn’t have stuff with the family.
Over the last few years, my life has changed dramatically.
We moved. Kids graduated and moved home. We moved again. Then just this year, we moved home to Texas. In all that time, I wrote and published one book, and one short story.
Now, I’m settled, and I’m picking up where I left off, sort of. Not as many, not as gung-ho, not as…pressed to publish.
And in all that time when I wasn’t writing, I learned to forgive myself for it, for not making writing my entire life. I gave myself permission not to write because I believed my creativity was part of me, deep down, and would never just disappear.
I started as an artist, and as my life changed with marriage, kids, career, I did cross stitch, watercolors, gardening, and writing. My writing life started in my mid-forties. I’m now sixty-something.
I still consider myself a painter, writer, gardener, cross stitcher. Those creative endeavors will always be part of me. I have no doubt I can do any and all of them again.
As I start writing again, I’m confident I can write with the same passion as before, but now, I’m more relaxed. Maybe it’s age. I don’t know. But I’m glad I got to this point.
So, if times have you off your game, whether it’s politics, health, family, finances, be confident that you can write again. If you want. And if you don’t want, that’s cool too.
Just give yourself a break. Be kind to your self.
Be good to you.
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