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The question for April: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
This month, IWSG gives us a metaphor right in the monthly prompt! What can be done about the clouds and rain that so frequently fill the writing life? How can we manage those things that impede productivity? Will the sun ever shine?
You're asking the wrong person.
Beyond having a new blog post ready every Wednesday, I don't "dig down." I don't force myself to write. Lately, I've been working on a story arc for an as yet untitled work of fiction that may or may not ever be finished. And when I say "working," I mean occasionally thinking about. There's been very little actual writing.
Does that mean my writing life is dreary with rain? Am I suffering from writer's block? I don't think so. In my experience, stories tend to come out easily when they're ready. Forcing them is a recipe for heartache and wasted words.
So I take the metaphorical writing rain just like real life April showers. Have a nap. Splash in a puddle. Bake cookies. Enjoy some rest. Soon enough the sun will shine and it will be time to get back to work.
|The view from the breakfast table on April 2nd, 2018.|
***Note: The Pittsburgh area is still having more snow showers than rain. One wonders what happens when the writing life is plagued with a winter that never ends?***