Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When it Flows...


Hallo, fine friends and WELCOME to the Insecure Writer's Support Group!

You know... I've been in a bit of an identity crisis this year, doubting my abilities and floundering around... While I finished my NaNoWriMo project last year, much of it felt forced. It didn't flow easily and it will need really serious revision to get it where I want it. But FINALLY, I am feeling a story again.

Channels and obstacles, but also beauty and flow
[Did I mention how much I love NaNoWriMo? That excuse for a fresh story thing...]

Do you know how relieved I feel? Part of my fear this last year is somehow I'd “lost it”... not that I believe that is possible, rationally, but I DID lose my groove. And MAN was it rough to find the traction again... In fact I'm not altogether convinced I found it. Maybe it found me.

So my Tartish Words of Wisdom, such as they are today, is be patient with yourself. Don't give up writing. But if you go through a period where it feels hard or everything you produce just isn't quite right... it happens. And you will get back to good stuff again. Just trust and keep swimming.

Now go see some other insecure people!!!

23 comments:

Trisha F said...

I think I've been in such a rut for a few years now, sad as it is to say. I have still produced work, but the rut I'm in is the editing one! And yet, I'm still writing a whole new novel this month ;) Silly me.

I hope I can participate in BuNo next year too, and maybe use it to focus on revisions. I have so many novels that need revising it's not funny!

Jan Morrison said...

Hi lovey, welllĺll! I guess I've been in a similar boat. And I too have found my mojo with this last NaNoWriMo. Really just trying to write for me right now and stay off the outcome pondering. That seems key for me.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Pretty photo, and the words below it are true. Glad to hear your groove is back, however it arrived. :)

And I love NaNo, too!

Yolanda Renee said...

I'm in a good place right now and praying that it continues. I've hit those dry spells and they are murder! Pun intended!
Glad you're finding your groove again. Good luck!

mshatch said...

Glad you got your groove back, too. Now to hold on to it.

Arlee Bird said...

One great advantage to #IWSG is that I find that I'm not alone in the thoughts swirling in my own head. It happens--yes it does. But we keep going--yes, we'd better. Keep swimming.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Andrew Leon said...

Sometimes you just have to go through those spots.

Chemist Ken said...

Patience is what every writer needs. Thanks for the inspiration.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome it's flowing again. Such a great feeling.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Glad to hear you've got your groove back on.

Feather Stone said...

I think most, if not all, writers go through similar 'dry' periods. I suspect the more we fret about it, the more we hinder that wee writer's voice that is simply taking a vacation. I think of it like this. I love my home but every once in a while I like to go away and spend time in a beautiful hotel in a romantic setting and play on the beach. Even though I am enjoying the time away from home, there comes a time when I am drawn to return to my humble abode. I think writing vacation are like that. Enjoy your time away from the keyboard. Soon enough, the muse will beckon for you to return. Blessings.

Nicola said...

Great advice. Thanks for sharing and have a great November!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Glad you have your groove again. I found mine this past summer, too.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming... (Works best if you hear it in Ellen Degeneres' voice)

Good to hear you're feel revitalized and positive again. It's always great to get over a hump and back into a groove...

IWSG November Post

Nick Wilford said...

I think one of the most important pieces of advice ever is to write every day, even if it feels like a pile of gash. Not writing at all means you take even longer to get back to a good place than you would if you'd been writing all the time.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

That's excellent advice. I KNEW you would flow again. hee hee.

alexia said...

Yep, I think we all lose our mojo from time to time. Sometimes a little break is needed, but sometimes you just have to push through and fake it til ta make it :) I've used both methods, it kinda depends on what kind of funk I'm in.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

My ghost friends and I are not wild about NaNo which goes over like bad body hygiene among most of my writing friends!

I wish you luck and happiness with your writing. There is a natural flow to the words within us, and it differs for each of us. May that flow always be vibrant for you. :-)

dolorah said...

I've been afraid I lost it too. Then I started a story for the IWSG anthology project. I did not finish in time to submit it, still working on it in fact, but I am pleased that I have a shiny new story that is different than anything I've written before. Yep, I'm patting myself on the back. Here's your pat on the back also Hart. You deserve it.

Helena said...

I'm so glad you've realized you haven't lost it--you will always be a solid, smart, gifted writer, Hart.

I've never wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, mostly just 'cause of timing. And sure, I figure no good book could be written in so short a time. Then just today I learned that John le Carre wrote The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in five weeks. Sigh.

Brandon Ax said...

I call that being in a funk. The best thing about being a writer is it always comes back, as you see. Good luck on the new stuff.

Juneta Key said...

Sorry so late in commenting trying to NaNo up stream while fighting the down stream current. Great post with food for thought.

That is a good way to put it an identity crisis. I've been suffering one of those, since I lost my job, along with the fact it is coming up on two years and I am still looking.

Everything I ever believed about myself has changed. I wish I could say this is the first time I have experience this, but it is not--life is up and down throughout the years. I just wish I was not experiencing it again so much later in life. I am taking it harder this time. Youth buoys you a lot during hard times and I did not realize the difference till now **rolls eyes**

Juneta Writer's Gambit

TBM said...

I've found that sometimes it's "easy" to write and other times I have to "yank" it out. But the key for me is to keep writing.