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 often times, 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, for months or even years at a time. Some never find the creative energy to make a come back. 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. Whatever that is doesn’t always come every day, though. That’s why I’ve gone down to only publishing one new post a week. I may do two (or more) if I feel I need to for the sake of timeliness or relevance.
But, I also have 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, so I should be focusing on presenting others more often. I’ll do as many of those as I can handle.
I’m sure I’ll reshare this very post every time I’m feeling stuck. Because as I write this, there are 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.
But 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,
~ Phoenix <3