I fully expect this post to be a short one. It's not that I don't love chatting with you all. It's that I have work to do.
All of us as writers have moments where we struggle to get into our own stories. We "don't have time" or "just aren't in the mood to write right now", and allow ourselves to get pulled away into other projects. The truth is that we are missing the words we need. While we would love for that feeling of having to get the thoughts and ideas out of our head before they explode to return to us, is sometimes just isn't there. I've dealt with this myself in the last few months, and I wanted to simply come and offer some encouragement.
You will make it through and come out on the other side. I promise you that.
The story is there. Maybe it just needed to marinate a little bit. Maybe you just needed to finish all of those other projects so that they didn't distract you. No two writers are the same. But if you are truly a writer, that love for your story will come back. Believe that.
I've recently felt that resurgence in passion for my story being told right now, and I want to prod you a bit to reignite yours. Don't give up on it. Take a moment today and open your story. To be honest, don't start at the beginning. Pick a place in the middle, right in the meat of your characters and their lives, and dig in there. What are they doing? Who are they interacting with? What are they feeling in that moment?
A couple of days ago I was working on my latest novel and was simply writing one of my teenage character's first day of school. Diving into the conversations they had introduced new characters, which gave me more people to work with and thus, more stories to tell. Then the light bulb went off. A vague interaction I had planned for later in the book but hadn't really flushed out yet suddenly had actors. I found myself immediately jumping to that part in the story and jotting down notes. That led to more ideas. And more. And more.
If I can have those moments reignite my story, you can as well. Trust that. Now go write.
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