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A Bit of a Writer’s Slump

Not surprising that I’m going through yet another one of these spells of what I like to call “writer’s slump.” Not exactly like writer’s block, just the fact that the motivation is getting hard to find. Hence the name.

Perhaps it’s because the past week has been a bit on the crazy side. First, there was the sudden death of a beloved family pet.

Then came traveling a total of 6 hours to Cleveland and back to Dayton between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon (not something I complain about–it’s nice to see my family).

Of course there was the great celebrating of a first anniversary yesterday.

And I can’t forget the myriad of new and often confusing responsibilities I’ve been given at work.

I must admit through all of this, the creative juices have stagnated 😛

It’s hard to keep it flowing when I’m just so busy all the time! I know–it’s not a valid excuse. A true writer would keep going regardless. Perhaps I’m not a true writer in that sense. I find it very hard to keep writing when so much is going on…I try but often with less than stellar results.

Still, what’s the use of complaining about it? It really gets me no where 😛 I just need to try harder.

I need to make every month like NaNo…it’s just hard for me to get into that mindset.

Comments on: "A Bit of a Writer’s Slump" (7)

  1. You’ll find a rhythm that works for you, whether it means you’re writing 500 words a day, 1000, or more – everyone is different with what can fit into the rest of their lives.
    All the other stuff is important as well and I think sometimes we need reminders of that.
    Funnily enough, I think I’m having a bit of a slump as well at the moment! lol Hang in there 🙂

  2. chibidoucet said:

    What is a true writer? We’re all only human, after all. When I get really stressed or have lots to do, I find it hard to keep the flow going, too. When I get knocked out of the rhythm, it can take me a while to get back into it. I don’t think every month can be liked NaNo… If it was, you’d burn yourself out. Besides, NaNo is special because it’s only once a year. Maybe not so much to make every month like NaNo, but just taking one month at a time and doing the best that you can?

    I like the idea of a writer’s slump, though. 😛 I think it’s ridiculously true in many ways.

  3. oh my goodness, can you imagine if every month was like NANO??? 🙂

    there are just moments when the brain is engaged elsewhere, and yours has had a fill of other activities!

    a true writer… oh, that covers the gamut. Harper Lee is a true writer. with one incredible novel published.

    so is Danielle Steel, with like 70?

    a true writer is being yourself, writing what you know, what you dream, what you imagine. there is no timetable, there is no set criteria.

    maybe it’s all waiting for November. 🙂

  4. I ‘m loving the idea of a writer’s slump. I tend to get one every other day. I sit down to write something and everything else is so much more interesting. Other days I sit down to write and I just can’t stop, it’s so much fun. This isn’t any different to any job or even task though.

    Some people are driven and dedicated, whether they are writers or not and they just churn through a job 24/7 until it’s done. Others like me (and I suspect most people) are only driven at certain times.

    You’re a writer if you write in the same way they you’re a road sweeper if you sweep roads. 🙂

  5. If you do outlines, you could work at one for your NaNo novel. That will keep you occupied and will help you forget that you’re not writing.

    I haven’t written much in the past few months, but that’s because I’m forcing myself to edit the stuff I haven’t touched in ages.

    Try and see if thinking about your NaNo project doesn’t help. All the stuff you’re doing would naturally keep you from writing, but it’s just a phase. We get them at some time or another.

    Keep you chin up. This too shall pass.

  6. victanguera said:

    Writer’s slump sounds so much kinder than writer’s block. It sounds more like you are still working at writing. I think NaNo gives us unrealistic expectations for production. If you write every day, or most days, then you are productive. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Congratulations on the anniversary!

  7. Hey Dara,

    You’ll come through this “slump,” you always do. I love your site. Very pretty, and just what I would expect from you.

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