when the writing is hard

Sometimes writing gets hard.

I find it comes in waves, currently, I am in a dry spell despite posting every day. It has been coming as a trickle instead of a wave and I sit mashing around words in my head trying to arrange something that makes me feel. Sometimes it is a word or set of words that spark a feeling which leads to a poem, sometimes a poem comes to me and I pull over before I lose the wording to quickly jot it down in my notes.

But sometimes there is nothing. There is radio silence. I try to write but these poems are not good. A seemingly acceptable arrangement of words but not up to par. On these days I stress myself out, trying to bring something together.

Yesterday morning I was struck with inspiration and posted it immediately. I like to set my posts up the night before and schedule them during the day, but this morning I had nothing. I looked through my drafts and drew inspiration from a line from a poem by Margaret Atwood which I found out about from this video about a young student who overcomes his stutter by working with a teacher (watch it and try not to cry) and ends up reading this poem. I had a poem, which was just okay, but I rearranged the words and suddenly it worked.

It always feels good when you come up with something, but sometimes it is a struggle. I notice the more stressed I get the harder it is to come up with things. But I am addicted, it is a strange thing that everyone who writers probably understands.  I take breaks, but when my routine does not include my daily post for the next day it feels empty. Anyway, whether the writing is good or a struggle I am so thankful for everyone who continues to read and sticks with my blog.


14 thoughts on “when the writing is hard

  1. I can relate to this. I feel mentally sluggish if I can’t write something I like. I let it ride then, not knowing if I’ll be inspired again. I enjoyed the link. 🤗

      1. You welcome 🙂 and I just hope one day I can write such amazing poems as yours! I truly admire the way you write, thanks again for sharong your poems with the world 🙂

  2. dear christopher, i experienced it too and the most important thing i learned is to take a break from time to time, to live, do other things and then, like being “refilled” through life and experiences i come back to writing and do my poetry. you will not lose me as a reader, if you do not poste day by day, and i guess it’s the same for all the other readers here too. all the best, take care, best regards from germany

      1. yeah, it’s painful, isn’t it? it will take some time. be careful with yourself. do not ask and expect too much from yourself. be gentle with yourself.

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