Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the words just won’t come. How long should you wait for inspiration to strike? How many hours of staring at blank or white space or paper is too long? I think these are the wrong questions. All they do is make you feel inadequate to the task, not good enough; as if the writing act is not worthy of your time. Because that’s what’s really at the heart of these niggling worries.
When the words won’t come do you go and look for them or write around the problem? I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer but what you can’t do is to use daily mundane tasks as an excuse not to write. Change the focus, use them to think about your writing. Hang out the washing, wash the car, mop the floor, make a pot of soup, not as an end in itself, but to free the creative urge.
Next time you can’t concentrate and the words won’t come, head over to writer Jennifer Hubbard’s blog where she ponders writing and life:
Writing is a life examined, which is supposed to be a life worth living. But a life can’t be spent only writing.
Sometimes we put down writing for a while. Sometimes it refuses to be put down.
Writing Prompt #6
the dinner party; secrets exposed at a family Christmas; volunteering at the soup kitchen