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This month’s question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
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I’m experiencing this weather phenomenon right now. If you look out my window, you’ll see the partially bare ground laced with dirty snow. The air is frigid as the arctic breeze sweep through the barren trees that pepper our farmstead.
It’s April, but winter is sticking around.
I’ve been cooped up indoors for months. I leave the house only once a week for grocery shopping, and that’s it.
No fresh air. No real exercise (the treadmill only goes so far).
Depression is settling in heavy, and affecting my writing life.
With several projects lined up to be worked on, all I’ve done is watch medical dramas on Hulu.
I feel the dark clouds billowing over my head as I ignore the jabbering of characters in my mind. Rain comes in form of tears as the frustration (with myself) grows.
I must find a way to jump-start my writing.
Writing is my sun. My fresh air.
But right now, the storm clouds are winning.
Bottomline, the problem is I’m a writer with very little outside contact (other than family members). No one to spur me on with a pep talk or encouragement. Being a shut-in (self imposed), there is no one to blame for my predicament other than myself.
Granted, I can’t just hop in a car and drive because of my blindness.
There is this lovely thing called technology that allows one to keep connected with people from all walks of life. This for me has been a blessing.
So, instead of wallowing in self-pity, I’m here, blogging, and in essence, writing which is all the kick in the pants I need for the clouds to roll back, and allow the sun to peek through.