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Z is for Zero (Words)

January 29, 2013’ve been in a writing slump lately. Over the summer, I built a pretty hefty surplus of blog posts because it felt like I needed them. As we got closer to the conference, the surplus allowed me to concentrate on the work we did for the conference and some other things. Now, I’m down to fewer than ten posts in the can.

It’s not that I don’t want to write. I do. But things get a little zooey from time to time and the motivation just isn’t there these days. You’ve had days like that, I’m sure.

Sometimes your life can get in the way of writing, and you don’t write. Sometimes you try to write and the words come out of your fingers like orange juice comes out of a block of marble. And sometimes, it’s just more fun to do something else.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you write or don’t write. If you never complete that novel or short story or non-fiction work or poem, people will find something else to read. If they don’t, they’ll log on to Netflix and watch something else. And if they don’t do that, they might decide to work in the garden or have a quiet night alone with their beloved.

But if you take a bit of a break, and some point, it has to matter to you. If you want to be a writer, you have to eventually break the slump. Writers write. That’s what they…that’s what we do.

National Novel-Writing Month is over. But if you’re a writer, you have to write anyway.

Work is crappy right now, and you’re exhausted. But if you’re a writer, you have to write anyway.

The holidays are coming with all the extra work and events. But if you’re a writer, you have to write anyway.

This is the last post of the alphabet series. It was a useful tool, a way to help me write entries to this blog on a daily basis. It was a tool to help me write.

Like writers do.

  1. January 29, 2013 8:16 am

    Thanks. I needed that! Got up this am in a writing slump and you encouraged me to, well – get over it!

  2. January 29, 2013 9:45 am

    Hey, Chris. You got there before Sue Grafton did. She’s only up to V is for Vengeance.

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