From time to time, I get this little thought going through my head that really puts a damper on me writing anything new. That thought is: haven’t I written enough? Don’t I already have enough content out there that I can just share and reshare forever?
Have you ever felt like this? Sometimes, you just don’t have the drive to post anything new. That’s OK. There’s no point in forcing something. But, feeling like you have nothing new to give… that’s sort of a problem.
When I get like this, I instead mostly spend my time resharing others and encouraging them. This is a better use of time than just sitting here tweaking and resharing all of the hundreds of posts that I’ve written over the years. It may actually be thousands…
I tend towards always feeling like there’s something left to improve in my old posts. Sometimes that leads to me writing something new that I didn’t cover before. But, oftentimes, I find I’m about to rehash an old topic.
As writers, we sometimes get stuck in these cycles. I see some bloggers take breaks, sometimes even for months or even years at a time. Some never find the creative energy to make a comeback.
And, this is sad to me. I’ve taken months at a time before and each time it’s really hard. I almost gave up blogging completely in 2018, and that wasn’t the first time. But I keep going.
Why do I keep going? Because as much as I have written, there is always something else that needs to be said. For a time, I found that interviews and collaborations with other writers feel like they’re more worth my time. So, I began to focus on those.
After all, lifting other writers up is what I set out to do in the first place. Shouldn’t I be focusing on presenting others more often? I did as many of those as I could handle. After a bit, I lost total focus and declined to blog any more for a while.
Yet, here I return. This is perhaps the third time I’ve reshared this essay in one form or another. Because as I write this, there will always be at least a dozen of my fellow scribblers feeling stuck just like I am, maybe worse. If you’re ever feeling stuck, just remember, there’s always something else to write. You just haven’t discovered it yet.
As long as you don’t give up, and remind yourself that it will come to you if it’s important enough, it WILL come to you… just as this piece did for me 🙂
With love for my fellow scribblers,
~ Amelia <3