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Get Motivated: Two Truths about Writing | #amwriting

Sunday, May 13, 2018

As time passed, I saw [my] morning’s inspiration was the foundation to a successful writer’s inner life. That every one of the things I jotted down was a point at which a writer might fall off the cliff into self-doubt, questioning herself and feeling challenged. Even feeling caught in a choice between life in the “real” world and her creative life. The kind of challenges to one’s sense of self as a writer that could cause a halt to writing or pursuing aspirations. One might even put down their pen, quit writing forever without ever realizing the keys to this inner game can be filed on a shelf in the heart or mind. That we can learn to recognize them, get what we need to keep going, even when each point may be a boulder to trip on, leaving us feeling stuck in life, experiencing writer’s block.

There are two old truths we often forget. One, it’s not how often we falter or fall, but how fast we get up. And two, the creative life is our “real” life.

~Heloise Jones
The Writer’s Block Myth: A Guide To Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom
p. 18

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  1. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 11:12 pm

    I have to say that I really resonate with this. I never feel more myself than when I have a laptop in my lap and I’m writing something. Facebook came along when my mother had dementia and I just couldn’t summon the energy to write anything. But sometimes I’d sit in my favorite place and find myself puling out my laptop and realizing I either didn’t have the enthusiasm for it or didn’t have anything to say or just didn’t have the time and I would feel so one dimensional. Writing always allowed me to be just who I felt like I was. I considered acting but the idea of memorizing lines was so intimidating. Besides, why be just one character when I can be them all?! But I learned to give myself times of low creativity or low expectations to allow myself time to rest. Writing is hard work and it helps to have times when I’m not driven to finish that story, get that rough draft down on paper! That’s when I can let a story stew in the back of my mind and just let the characters tell me what they think should happen.

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