So here’s the deal.
I am currently experiencing what is popularly known as ‘writer’s block’. For those who are unaware of this term, it’s used to describe a period in a writer’s life where the craft just doesn’t come as naturally as used to: in summary it’s a paucity of ideas.
I wanted to initially attribute it to the fact that I’m currently having exams, but I quickly realised that it wasn’t the case, at least not all of it. Even when I wasn’t doing schoolwork and tried to put something down, nothing really made sense. It just wasn’t working. It’s like what normally used to be a stream of thoughts became this frustrating faulty tap that intermittently leaked out water.
In almost three weeks I haven’t written a complete piece. The first two weeks upset me a little, and dissapointed me even more.
The point behind me writing this is to say that it is possible to get exhausted sometimes, even when we’re walking in purpose, even when we’re doing something we like. So if you’re worn out at your place of responsibility/commitment, that’s okay. You are not alone. When it stops being okay is at the point you start ‘forcing it’ and doing less than what is expected of you all in the name of “I just want to do something”. At that point you become dishonest to yourself, mediocrity sets in, and it’s just downhill from there.
On the third week ( i.e this week) I started making up excuses for why I shouldn’t try writing again. I thought of just putting up any article that I found interesting on the internet. I was basically was trying to find a quick-fix for my problem. Sure, I could have found something online to post just for posting’ sake, but that’s not the plan. I want – and hopefully people who read this blog want – to see my thoughts in writing, not someone else’s. Also, if I resign to “copying and pasting”, there will be weekly posting, no doubt, but then I’ll have an excuse not to write. If I don’t acknowledge the problem, how can I find I solution to it?
I believe that feeling exhausted is not always signal that it’s time to give up on that project, sometimes it may mean that you relax and find new strength to go on. As for me, my strength is found in Jesus, because He’s the Well that never runs dry. I’m going to find my strength, wisdom and rest in Him, and I hope I come back better and stronger.
You may be thinking about ironic this is, writing about not having anything to write about. I think it’s ironic too, but this is what came naturally today, every other draft just felt “off”, so I decided I was going to be honest, and I can already feel lighter.
So that’s it folks. Thank you, as always, for reading.
P:S: If you have experienced writers block and come out of it, please do well drop some tips in the comments. I would really appreciate it, thank you.