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There are often times my words flow, and other times that they are just stuck. It feels like a log jam when it happens. It used to take weeks or months for me to overcome writers block. My prior blogging attempts all died a writer’s block death. These days deadlines no longer afford the luxury of writer’s block, and I’m glad for it.
I have given myself permission to let my mind drift and follow the rabbit trail as leisurely as time allows. It doesn’t always work, the rabbit trail. But do you know what helps? The grace filled permission that comes before it.
I am my own worst critic.
I am also my biggest fan.
I’m choosing to force words to come alive on the screen. Each stroke of the keyboard is painful. I worry my words aren’t good enough. I worry I am failing.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. So I write for the benefit of both of us.
I am working hard at my craft.
Sometimes hard work comes with exhaustion, tears, and a lot of sweat.
Growth is painful. I know that I’ll be okay. I’ve been through this a time or two before. And somewhere along the way, I started working a little bit smarter- saving inspiration for a rainy day such as this.
This weekend, we are headed to the beach house on Cape Cod. I’m looking forward to digging deep into the writing prompts I’ve stashed away. I’m looking forward to the slower pace of life that we always find when we visit Mike’s mom. But most of all?
I’m looking forward to turning my phone off and enjoying life in front of me instead of life online. After all, I won’t have a great story to tell if I don’t live a life well lived.
This post was inspired by Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington who encourages everyone to sleep their way to the top. Join From Left to Write on May 1 we discuss Thrive. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
The need perfectionism is a challenge for me. I’ve adopted the motto “Better done than perfect”
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That is a great motto! I need to adopt that more. There are times when I get so stuck on trying to string together the perfect sentence!
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Wow, a weekend on Cape Cod sounds amazing! Enjoy the time with your family! I always find that the more I think about writer’s block, the worse it gets. Hopefully this weekend will let you relax and unwind.
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Update: I’m back from my weekend on Cape Cod and only opened my laptop once (to attend a twitter party, where I won the grand prize)! It was really nice to be down there for a long weekend. It is one of my favorite spots on earth.
A weekend away could be just what you need! Writer’s block sucks, but being able to enjoy the beauty of life with family and friends can get your creative juices flowing again.
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I’m back from my trip and was really inspired. I’m ready to get back to writing!
That sounds lovely! I think a change of scenery can be very helpful during a slump. I’ve decided I’m giving myself a vacation from everything online in a couple weeks, I need it. Hope you enjoy your weekend on the Cape! (P.S. I’m my biggest critic by far!)
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I spent a part of March offline and it was amazing. I think I’m going to be posting less during the summer too- not as many people are reading blogs because they are busy out and about with life!