Last year I decided to get tough with myself. No more excuses. I’m a writer, dammit. So I will write. And I did. For a while. Then I fell off the wagon following my first NaNoWriMo victory and the completion of my third manuscript. After two major victories, I reasoned, I deserved a break. Bad move. After falling out of my routine I found it hard to get the fire re-ignited. At times I was inspired to write. Other times I’d sit staring at my blank computer screen, the blinking cursor taunting me. You don’t have anything to say, it mocked. Then just for good measure, Who cares what you think anyway?.
My blank screen, taunting cursor, and wavering confidence – a recipe for creative block – would send me scampering away from my computer, my tail tucked beneath me. I wasn’t giving up, I’d tell myself. I was simply giving myself a much needed mental break. (From what I’m not sure since I hadn’t written anything.) I looked for solace in the comfy cushions of my couch, the DVR remote and an ill-advised snack in hand. The plan was to return to my computer once I’d been ‘inspired.’ I fully expected the Creative Fairy to strike me with her star-shaped wand, filling my head with brilliant ideas.
The Creative Fairy never showed. Endless episodes of How I Met Your Mother did.
I found the show immensely entertaining. (I’m currently looking for a HIMYM support group if you know of one). However I was not inspired to write.
It was time to renew my commitment to writing. At times like these there is nothing more valuable than a friend who understands your plight, encourages you, cajoles you, then gives you a much-needed kick in the arse. I have a few friends who I consider to be indispensible cheerleaders. Fortunately one of them is also a writer. My friend and fellow All Things Girl staffer, Darling Deb, recognized that we’d all fallen into a bit of a creative arrest recently. It was time to pull out the old defibrillator and give the entire ATG staff a jolt.
Lorissa, ATG Creative Director and Wicked Good Designer got the jolt started with a gorgeous redesign of All Things Girl which can now be found on its new home atAllThingsGirl.com. We all renewed our commitment to our readers, to writing, to ourselves. In addition to our work on All Things Girl, Word Ninja, Melissa is blogging on a new site. Deb is blogging regularly. And I’ve committed to posting here on Mindful Banter at least two, er, three times per week. (Thanks for the foot in the arse, Deb).
So here it is. The first of three posts this week. But I need your help. Because writing is always better with friends. If you’ve made a writing commitment to yourself, share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your goals so we can help keep your inspired and celebrate with you as you reach them.