Tuesday, October 5, 2021

One Small Spark

 

Photo by Jamie Street
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I hit a dry spell with my writing starting in late July. Life was happening at a hectic pace. I felt numb. I wrote a little here and there, but it wasn't consistent and it wasn't anything of substance. I felt blah about it all. I worried that maybe I was done with writing. The thought made me sad. "Writer" is a part of my identity. How can I be done with writing? 

 I continued living my life moving with its ebbs and flows. I feared that in this frame of mind I would not finish the novel I am so near to completing. My writing group attendance became spotty and inconsistent. Maybe, I thought, I am not really a writer after all. Again, that thought made me sad. I have always loved writing.

Then, completely out of the blue, I found myself thinking about a subject for a new novel. Watching my granddaughter play outside, I began to think about family members no longer with us who would have adored her. Suddenly a story idea sprang into my head, and I felt a spark of excitement at the thought of writing about it. I began to jot down notes to keep the idea safe. This spark reignited the writer inside of me. 

I find myself going about my days once again thinking as a writer. I am glimpsing inspiration for future writing projects in random places, and I feel giddy thinking about them. I am reconnecting with my writing group. Reuniting with my writing identity feels right and brings me joy.

Photo by Jamie Street
on Unsplash
I don't know what prompted the writing dry spell, but I am so glad that the one small spark ended it! 

Until next time,

Tracy

14 comments:

  1. Tracy, it's good to know you're back!

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  2. I connected with your slice because I’ve had similar experiences since about late July-early August and only just felt as though I’m getting back into a writing groove. I’m so glad the your writing dry spell has ended!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad to know that you're getting back into a writing groove, too.

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  3. I'm so glad you've re-sparked and re-united with your writing self! That's definitely something worthy of celebration! Happy writing!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this slice! It comforts me to know that writing dry spells happen to us all.

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    1. There is comfort in unity. Thank you for reading!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this journey - it is reassuring to hear about others who hit dry spells & then find that their well is full again. I'm glad to hear that you're writing and that you have so many projects to work on.

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  6. Somehow I'm betting that most writers can relate to the self-doubt and the lack of inspiration that you describe in this post. Here's to the development of a fabulous new novel!

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  7. This is so relatable. I too came to share something today after a long hiatus as the online work life left me with no time to write anything. I do not see myself as a writer but was happy that I could upload something on my blog. Glad you have found your groove. Look forward to your sharing more about the spark as it shapes into a new novel. All the best!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad that you, too, are getting back into your groove. The dry spell seems to be more common than I realized.

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