A couple weeks ago I shared My Dirty Little Secret. Due to personal and professional setbacks I haven’t been able to write in months. I felt ashamed and frustrated.
Well, I was overwhelmed at the number of comments, both on this website and sent to me privately. I realized that while my reasons for not writing may be unique to me, the stifling act of not-writing (or doing something you love in general) happens to many. I got so much wonderful advice that I thought I would share some of my favorites. It was tough to pick just a few….
From Commenter Deb:
I am not going to force things. I have been focusing on other creative endeavors for the last year so I don’t feel so worthless and I’m also on a spiritual journey which has empowered me to just BE. It has been life changing. Give yourself permission to just BE and relish life. It’s the greatest inspiration!
I LOVED this idea – just be. Unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure how to just be. I tried to make a list with corresponding sub-lists. Hmmm. Maybe I need to make a binder with different color-coded sections?
I’m still working on just be-ing. 😉
From My Big Brother via Email:
I’m sorry ur sad. I can co-write something with you if that would help.
Ha-ha! For those of you who know my brother, you are laughing hysterically. But this offer really made me smile. I asked my brother what we would call our co-written romance novel. He said, “Faster than the Speed of Love.” Hmmm, not bad. I’m thinking romantic suspense. Or maybe paranormal….
From Keely – frequent Mermaid commenter:
Keely mentioned several inspiring quotes but I really loved this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
I loved this so much that I printed it out and I keep it next to my bed. I read it every night before I go to sleep. I should probably read it in the morning too but due to my Olympics watching and subsequent post-Olympics recovery period, I’ve woken up late every day for the last month!
Like I said, you all really stepped up to the plate with encouragement, support and wonderful ideas. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it!
For those of you out there struggling, I don’t have the answer. But I hope some of this cheered you up. At the very best, it got you back at the computer, tapping away at the keyboard. At the very least, it made you smile. I know I did….