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February writing blahs

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February writing blahs


Is February a particularly difficult month in which to write? I keep hearing friends say that they're in a writing rut, that their prose is blue, that they're uninspired. I confess I've had a bit of a creativity lull the past few weeks, too, but that had a lot to do with the non-writing portions of my life.

For instance, I discovered the cause of yesterday's writer's block: I was getting sick. By noon, I was completely useless. Before that, one of my boys was sick in that really-pathetic-communing-with-the-bathroom-floor kind of way, which might also have contributed to my lack of flow.

I hate those times when the words don't flow.

However, I've noticed something. When I write for clients, I'm not allowed to take a break just because the words don't flow...and so, somehow, I write. I need to apply this lesson to my own writing. Sometimes, when I'm in a rut/uninspired/feeling blue, putting pen to page is enough to get me moving again. I need to post this quote in my writing space:

"I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock." — Peter de Vries.

For the days that doesn't work...well, maybe more drastic measures are required. You know, things like chocolate, creativity walks, and reading a dozen or so really fun books :). I'm willing to do whatever it takes!

~Cheryl

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4 Comments:

At February 10, 2009 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

I"m sorry it's hitting you too. Chocolate, yes, I vote chocolate!

(word verification "weetell". I am going to find inspiration everywhere, including this word, which says that our job as writers is to tell stories. Bit far-fetched, but hey, I'm going take whatever I get!)

 
At February 10, 2009 at 9:56 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

weetell? Sounds like fun! I'll join you in finding inspiration in a funky writer's word :). As for chocolate--I just opened a pack of those Harry & David's dark chocolate-covered blueberries. They're DEFINITELY inspirational.

 
At February 11, 2009 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

Now you've made me drool on my computer keyboard. :)

 
At February 11, 2009 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

They're drool-worthy :). And healthy, too, right? With all those antioxidants and fiber and such....

 

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