“Our words inspire people to dream.”
“Creatively painting our thoughts with words.”
Did you ever have those times when you had a dry spell with your writing? Whether it be for your blog, script, story, essay, correspondence letter or note to a friend, your mind’s well was empty. No topics are in play, no words come to mind, things just don’t flow freely from pen to paper so to speak.
It’s like you struggle just to get a cohesive sentence together; every brain cell is squeezed to spew out the words needed to bring forth a sentence. AND the kicker is that it’s really not what you want to convey. You just put something down for the sake of having something substantial to work from.
All of us as writers hit this dry spell throughout our careers, it’s inevitable and just plain sucks. During these times I just don’t feel like a writer and I truly feel as if I failed. Don’t know why, but I just do.
“Why does this have to happen?!”
Our minds are capable of doing and creating so much more…so why is it that our minds fail us? Is it just a way of our brain telling us that it’s going on a short vacation so we can’t write until it gets back?
What do we do in the meantime? How do we continue on with our craft if our mind isn’t cooperating? Not writing anything makes me feel empty and having to endure this drought is challenging. Often during times like these is when I start to worry…has my mind’s well of creativity gone dry? Will I ever come up with another idea or story ever again?
So many questions with no immediate answers. My confidence gets put through the ringer and then some. But luckily for me, I’ve been through this rodeo and I know that I just need to ride out the storm.
My mind eventually regains its composure and my creativity resets itself. My brain becomes cognizant of all the new ideas and stories and starts to file them in my intellectual storage file; the amount of information is so overwhelming that I’m faced with another dilemma…which story to work on first, too little time to get all this stuff out and words constantly oozing out just begging to be put on page.
Guess that’s a better situation to be in than a writing dry spell but either way I’ll gladly endure both as long as my passion for writing remains constant.
As a writer I often find that I’m my most productive at night. Call me a night owl but for some strange reason that’s when I do my best thinking…my best work. Just me and the computer…together as one. This is how I feel:
“In the darkness of the night…
where the sounds of modern things are at ease,
where bodies are lifeless and in slumber
It is here where time momentarily stops
feelings for loved ones are not thought of
It is here…
In the darkness of the night
where I find my peace,
the freedom to create,
a time of endless possibilities
where no on can see the true me
except for myself
In the darkness of the night
where solitude is valued more than wealth,
the chance to stand
on one’s own two feet,
this brief precious moment
Helps to give me strength and insight
It can only be here…
In the darkness of the night.”