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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

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Friday, December 2, 2011

All Dried Up

It's been weeks since I've written any new words on my novel. I feel all dried up. I don't know what's going on except that I'm not upset about it - not really. It's frustrating, though. I've never had writer's block and I don't think that's what this is. I'm supposed to be trusting myself and this process, but that gets hard when day after day, nothing is coming. It kind of feels like depression, only I don't have that cloak of heavy doom that depression feels like wrapped around my being. I'm just going to ride this one out a while longer and see what happens.

Ever feel all dried up?


Annalisa Crawford said...

I get that feeling all the time. Usually I take a break, and the ideas start flowing again. Just let yourself day-dream about the characters and the plot - you might realise something's not quite working, and find the solution all in one go!

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Many times. It might be that it's time to switch writing gears, or it may simply be that your creative well needs to be refreshed. Try focusing on your other creative outlets like music, or even take a walk in a beautiful setting. For me, sometimes shifting my focus helps me refocus. No matter what, don't let it get you down. Writing, like any art, is a mysterious gift. You are blessed. ;-)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I sometimes felt that way when I was young and trying to please everyone and do everything. Felt like a squeezed-out orange peel at times. But, as I've gotten older, I'm truly at peace. If I work on my book, that's great. If I don't, that's okay, too. I've let myself off the proverbial hook, and am free to enjoy life, whatever it brings, and whatever I accomplish, or don't accomplish.

I think the most important thing about your post is the fact that you aren't upset about not working on your book. Sounds to me like you need to trust yourself. The drive to work on it will come again; in the meantime, enjoy the respite.

DL Hammons said...

I've never felt dried up, but couldn't write because I wasn't emotionally ready to tackle what was next. A different sort of writers block, I guess. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, for the past several months! And I desperately need to put together a third book.

Joanne said...

Not really. I usually have a few different projects going on, though, and change things up with my writing. Maybe that helps keep me energized with it.

Talli Roland said...

Oh yes, all the time! I just go with it. I mean, I still sit down and force the words, since I need to get it done. I tell myself I can fix it later if it's crap.

Karen Walker said...

I love you guys. The best thing about this online community is the mutual support. Thank you.
Annalisa, I like the idea if just daydreaming....
Susan, yes, that's the biggest change this year - not getting upset about things that used to completely throw me into a tizzy.
DL, I've never had writer's blog. This feels different.
Alex, I'm so sorry. Hope the juices flow soon.
Joanne, me, too, I can't seem to work on any of them.
Talli, that's so true - I just can't even seem to force the words, nor do I want to - it's the gift of my age, I think.

Karen Walker said...

Debra, you are so right, it is a mysterious gift, although I must say it's not feeling much like a gift right now.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like you just need a little different project going on right now. Sometimes I think we have to step away from what we're doing for a fresh supply of inspiration to strike. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Thoughts in Progress

Nancy La Turner said...

I hope you'll come back to the Muse's FanClub -- we exist to get those juices flowing! Our most recent meditation and prompt took us from cocoon to butterfly and we soared. The next Muse meeting will be in January....pleae come!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I haven't had the urge to write fiction in over two years now. Not sure what happened. I think maybe reality hit.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. it was probably going away to Greece and Turkey and then coming home and having Thanksgiving - the creativity and normality will return .. enjoy your memories ..

Cheers and I did so love seeing Turkey and Greece with you .. Hilary

Julie said...

I think Hilary has a great point, after your trips and the holiday it makes sense that it might take some time to get back in gear. I have been feeling a bit of this myself this week, I was going great guns and now find myself dried up this week. It is a frustrating feeling, no question. I've no doubt your inspiration will return to you though!

Take care and have a great weekend, Karen. :)

Karen Walker said...

Mason, thanks, you, too
Nancy, I was thinking of leaving because I'm not writing. Thank you for this.
Diane, oh my
Hilary, you may have just hit the nail on the head
Julie, I'm sorry you're going thru this as well.

Jen Chandler said...

Hi Karen!

I've felt so dried up lately I've not been online in (what seems like) years!! Well, except to do school work which is draining and drying me up with a vengeance!

I do hope all is well. That's exciting about your new novel! Best of luck. I know the words will come...when it's time.

Happy weekend,

Karen Walker said...

Jen, so nice to see you here again. Hope all is well with you. Missed you.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Havong just finished my book.....due in about 2 weeks. It's good not to be in a hurry to comment on the blogs.


Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Why is it that we writers think we are the only profession that doesn't need to take breaks? Breaks are healthy. Give yourself permission, embrace it and enjoy it!! Hugs!

KarenG said...

I often feel that way when I'm tired. I may not even know I'm tired but when I get enough rest and the void goes away then I know that's what it was. My recommendation: napping.

Donna Shields said...

I've just come out of a dried up funk that last since the beginning of October. I didn't think I would ever get out of it, and I really didn't do anything different. The words just suddenly struck me and I am able to write once again.

Karen Walker said...

Karen, napping sounds like a a good idea - I'll try it
Donna, that's wonderful

Arlee Bird said...

I haven't been working on any fiction writing lately. Gave up on NaNo and still have to finish my two past NaNos. I going crazy on blogging though. I have posts prepared for weeks in advance, so I am writing viciously. My sense of impending doom and gloom comes more from financial circumstances and the issue of what's next in my life as I head into my sixties.

I guess a break is good sometimes and that's probably what you need. Do something that you love and that takes you away from feeling down and maybe that will recharge you in the way you need. I think you're pretty normal and just feeling like we all get sometimes.

Hang in there.

Wrote By Rote

Glynis said...

Sometimes your mind just needs to do something else creative. Your mojo will return refreshed I am sure!

Suze said...

Yes, my dear Karen, I most certainly have. Seasons, my friend, all of them seasons and you can't flourish and bloom without seasons in which it *seems* nothing is happening. But it is! I promise you.

With love.