Writer’s Block

And by the way, everything in life is writeable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
–Sylvia Plath

I’m thinking of taking a break.  Like, an actual, official hiatus from posting.  Of course, some of you may think I’ve already done so, since I hardly post anything beyond the Three Things series and the occasional photo anymore.  I don’t necessarily want to, but I also don’t like feeling guilty for not posting, and I think giving myself permission to take an official break would ease that feeling somewhat.

The title of this post is somewhat misleading.  I don’t think I really have writer’s  block.  I think I’m just lazy and unmotivated.  I have a lot of things on my mind, and many of them I wouldn’t mind sharing with you, but it seems that I just can’t be bothered to take the time to put them in writing.  I read other people’s words (like this and this and this) and find myself wishing I had the determination and ability to write like that.  I think I used to, in the beginning of all of this, and through the first year or so, but I haven’t written anything that makes me feel like I’m a writer in months.  I know, of course, that the only way to be a writer is to write, every day, and yet . . .

Everything’s building up in my head.  Here are some things I’ve considered posting about lately:

1. The story behind this photo

2. P.  He’s back in my life, in a manner of speaking, via the magic of Facebook and I have a lot of conflicting feelings about it/him.

3. My grandparents gave the Princess this for Christmas (among other things), and of course she loves it.  I was appalled, and even nearly a week later, am still a bit aghast.  (Note 1: the one the Princess got is not wearing denim capris; she’s wearing a barely there denim mini.  Note 2:  I seriously hope my grandparents did not pay $100 for this)

4. The disaster that is my current “effort” at weight loss

5. My parents have been separated for three years as of this past November, yet they spend nearly all their time together, and no one ever tells me what’s going on.

And, of course, I still owe a recap of Days 8, 9, 10 of our 10-day trip at the end of August/beginning of September.

Maybe I need to do another NaBloPoMo or something, I don’t know.  But I definitely think I need to either commit to writing regularly or walk away for a little bit, and I haven’t decided which way the chips will fall just yet.  I’ll keep you posted.  (Ha.)


6 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. Blogging is not a graded exercise. You don’t have to get an A. It’s not even Pass/Fail. You cannot fail.

    Blogging is not a contest. It’s nice to admire other writers, but comparing yourself to them accomplishes nothing.

    Blogging has no minimum output requirement. It’s really okay to write as much or as little as you want.

    As long as you know that these standards you have for yourself — these ones you’re not meeting — are fictional and have no basis in reality, then I say feel free to take a formal break. But my wish for you would be to free yourself from the standards entirely by, instead of removing yourself from them, removing them from existence.

  2. What NoShowMo said! 🙂 Plus I’d really miss you, even if it is only on Thursdays. If you do decide to take a break I hope you stay in touch!

    I definitely feel people shouldn’t blog as an excuse to avoid doing the hard stuff in a relationship or to avoid thinking about important things. But I also feel that blogging somehow frees my brain up to let out the hard or painful stuff when I need to let it go. So for me, though mostly it’s turned into a Katie the dog blog, the blog is an important place to put stuff. Or explore ideas or feelings. Or just to get confirmation that I’m not the only loony out there that happens to be thinking about something.

    Either way you decide, you need to remember that you’re a special, talented, caring person who touches a lot of other people, probably some you don’t even know about. Whatever you decide is going to be OK!

  3. I think you put too much pressure on yourself…as usual. Maybe a break would do you good just to focus on some of the other things going on in your life. I would miss your blog but I would still check it now and then to see if you’ve written 🙂 Plus, we can always keep eachother updated on FB!

    Do what is right for you, that’s all that matters.

    Oh, and I totally agree with what NoShowMo said!

  4. What Mo said, but also, if you have the desire but are just uninspired, slog through it. Fake it until you make it. If you don’t have the desire, it’s okay to step back too.

    I, of course, vote that you keep it up. I’d miss you. 🙂

  5. Mel, just go with your heart. The entire point of blogging is that there are no rules. You can post daily, monthly, yearly, whatever and whenever you choose. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself as far as time tables, and what you *think* you should be writting about and how often. Just do what comes naturally, the rest will figure itself out.

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