I have been going through a creative dry spell so I am polishing up some of my old work for inspiration. So far, it’s working.
I first started writing when I was nine – years –old. I got to opt out of a class assignment drawing illustrations in exchange for writing my first ‘could-have-been’ picture book. I’ll spare you the details. Long since I had entertained writing first as a hobby, I pursued it as a passion. I realised I could not live without writing. I cemented my vocation as a writer with formal training in J-school ( A two year program in Journalism-Print in which I later obtained a diploma and just last year graduated from Humber’s Creative Writing course).
Politics were not made for me, so I kept to writing human interest articles after attending Algonquin. I also wrote entertainment pieces, profiles and covering social issues. The thrill of wondering who I’d be interviewing next kept my passion alive and well.
Writing was always a joy, the muse followed me wherever I went. And then, she disappeared. No warning, no ‘Dear Kelly’ note. The ‘up and go in my writing’ habit got up and went.
This is the time, so I’ heard it said, to put my nose to the grind stone and just get ‘er done.Just keep writing. So I am. Yes, rewriting counts as a form of writing. (Today anyway.)
There are days when you won’t (as I didn’t) feel like writing. You need to put words on the page anyhow. If you are feeling sick, that rule doesn’t count (in my world anyhow). But, if you ‘just don’t feel like it’ realise that there were plenty of writers that came before you who felt the same way. If they had thrown the towel in, books might have alternate endings. Their writing might have become redundant by the time they got it to publication all because of their laziness. They may never have reached the status of ‘author’ for their lack of investment in their writing career. There is nothing worse than a lazy writer, except (maybe) a lazy editor.
Take heart; the muse will not always be on hiatus. Mine will eventually return with anecdotes, verbs and adjectives in her arms to make my prose colourful. While you wait for your muse, roll up your sleeves and get writing. A writer’s life means writing is work and not just something that can do randomly to be successful.
If you’ve known this harsh reality for some time, I want to ask you, “How many words have you written today?” If the answer is zero, it’s time to get out the computer or pen. If the answer is greater than zero, good on you! Keep writing! As I have been reminded recently, to have written anything at all is a great accomplishment. Congrats if you are among those of us still writing away.