Tuesday, 31 May 2016

That struck a chord.

Today I was reading a post by Maddy over at http://writingbubble.co.uk/somethings-gotta-give which really struck a chord with me. In fact I could have written most of it myself!

Like Maddy I have been struggling to stay focused on my writing. I have written very little this week. My novel is gathering dust on the hard drive and I'm struggling to find the motivation to start writing it again. I've fallen behind with the online writing course and have a short story to write with no ideas. I've even fallen out of love with my writing journal, leaving it untouched for a week.

So what's the problem? It's not even as simple as writer's block. It's just a feeling of ennui, of not having the impetus to pick up a pen or open a Word doc. I don't really know how to describe it, I'm just not feeling the writing vibe at the moment.

Now I know that it will pass and I'll get going again. But it's not a nice feeling when I've finally plucked up the courage to describe myself as a writer, albeit in a whisper. I should be buzzing with ideas, itching to get my stories out of my head and onto paper but I'm not. In fact most of the time writing is the furthest thing from my mind. I know that I should sit down and just do some writing, whatever it may be. That's the advice I always get and it's good advice. After all, if I'm a writer I should just do some writing, yeah? But when nothing comes, it's hard; it feels like a real failure and I'd rather not try so I don't fail.

I feel like I'm going round in circles with this and that's not helpful. In fact I feel as if all the analysing is counterproductive, just churning stuff about and not getting anywhere is frustrating.   

Luckily I have a weeks break coming up which I hope will get my writing juices flowing again. In fact, this blog post is the most I've written for ages! How sad is that? So let's stop picking at this and worrying it; let's calm down and write something, anything to prove that I still can. 


  1. Glad my post struck a chord - no, wait, I'm not glad! But still, it's good that acknowledging where you were with your writing brought you round to the resolution at the end of this post! Hop you've managed to write something. I really think just keeping at it is the key... I should take my own advice! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  2. Great post, Johanne. We all experience this from time to time. I find the only cure is allowing the process to happen and writing when and where I can. Eventually the ennui fades and we remember why we first picked up the pen. Hang in there.

  3. Sometimes you have to let it go though and do something else to coax the writing back - it's what I knit so much!!!

  4. I can only echo what Maddy and Rosanna have said. Hang in there! :-) Teika x

  5. It is so hard when the words don't seem to flow... That fear of failure you describe was pretty much what stopped me from putting pen to paper for almost twenty years - and I still have to remind myself daily that it's only by writing that I'll ever be a writer, however hard (or rubbish) it feels in the moment! Hope you get your mojo back soon xx