“Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years. That means there’s not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago.”
― Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts
Like this sweet little boy who is completely pooped after a big wedding, you may feel like this too after writing a long chapter or a challenging piece. Your tired. Spent. Exhausted.
It’s okay. It’s time for you to rest. It’s good to give yourself permission to stop sometimes, especially when life gets busy.
“I’m just a drinker with writing problems,” the Irish poet and playwright Brendan Behan one stated. In that case, know when to say when!
It’s so easy to dither between unwarranted intoxication or absolute depression over the words we spill all over the page. Don’t let writing make you feel wasted! Translation: There is still life out there that needs to be lived!
If you wrote something today then good for you! Review then rejoice!
If you wrote poorly or didn’t have time at all, than tomorrow is a new day. Take the time now to pause and take a breath. Reflect a little. Rest. Then you can come back tomorrow renewed and refreshed and ready to write.
Renewal: A necessary part of the creative process!
Gloria Swanson in Cecile B. DeMille’s Silent Movie “Male and Female” (1919)
I am having one of those days when it comes to writing. You may know the feeling. The one that goes like this: EVERYTHING SUCKS!
I started a blog article. I jotted down about a dozen thoughts. I started writing about it. Five minutes later, I was completely bored with it. I wanted to puke at the intensity of how boring it was. It was going nowhere fast. It was about aging. Ten minutes of writing and I felt like I’d already thrown away a precious hour of my life.
So I hit save and opened up a new page to write this. Pop! Fizz! Relief! This I can do. Short and sweet. Talking myself through the boring parts. Just say it like you’d tell a friend my fingers type:
- Mama said there’d be days like this.
- Not every idea is a great idea.
- Sometimes words fail us. Sometimes we fail the words.
- Sometimes we’re distracted by other things, people, events, sounds, thoughts in our head!
- Sometimes we type five words and then watch the cursor go blink, blink, blink….
It could be writer’s block. Or writer’s boredom. Or tiredness. I’m not sure. I only know, that it doesn’t mean the capacity to write, this cursed gift has left. It just means the timing is wrong. Like every great unfinished love and attempts at dancing, sometimes the timing is just off. Way off!
It’s okay. Blow your words a kiss and say, “I’ll be seeing you soon—sweetheart!” in a Bogart-like way in your head. Uncork a bottle of Lost Angel Cabernet Sauvignon! Put on some smooth Jazz…maybe a little Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers. Do a little “Moaning”. Loosen up your tie. Loose the bra. Take a few slow sips of last year’s grapes. Call the cat up on the lap. Toss the cat. Stand up. Close your eyes. Start swaying the hips. You’re leaving now. Leaving here and going back to that place. You know where.
Okay, hit save here. Gotta go. Time to write for real.