Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
This morning I met with Linda, my critique partner, for our monthly visit. We headed to a local cafe and over tea and snacks we chatted about writing, books, ideas and even our own work. It was a very enjoyable morning.
But, discussing my lack of writing once again (there have been many dry spells this year!), made me realize just how little I have actually written this year.
I started November off well – with just over 10,000 words written for NaNoWriMo in about a week’s time. But then the wall hit and inspiration lagged. I tried working on another novel, but did not get far with that. Even trying to write up ideas for PiBoIdMo has not been as good this year either. Ugh.
I have been reading a lot of novels, visiting blogs and creating some art instead of writing.
I visited Diane’s blog last week and admitted this:
“For me, getting down to writing lately has been almost none existent…I spend too much time online – avoiding my writing.”
Diane wrote me a very thoughtful comment. “A kind mentor pointed out to me when I had the same experience that I must be avoiding something. Ask yourself, what are you avoiding by not writing?”
That insightful comment has been simmering all week and as I talked with Linda, it hit me that I avoid being rejected by not writing. If there is no work to be judged, I can’t be rejected.
Linda talked about her rejections and how she has learned to rise above them. She loves to write and keeps on writing.
I have so many stories brimming, waiting to be told. I just have to write and write for me. I just need to restart my routines, enjoy the process – as I told my students – and write.
Tomorrow is the full frost moon qith the opportunity to create a new dreamboard. Dreams can be made clear and can be realized
These writing quotes I created a while ago really are so right. I need their inspiration.