We all go through a phase when life takes over. The unexpected takes priority and it becomes a feat to make us move out of the ditch that we have found ourselves, immobile and helpless. Maybe that happens to be a little too dramatic, but it sure feels like a ditch full of cement that has immobilized us from moving forward. These moments offer us a time of reflection. A time to decide whether the choices we have made are correct. When everything seems to be perfect is when this unexpected creeps in and all we can say is, “why now”?
I read an article where the author said that a true writer should be able to write 5,000 words per day. In an idealistic world, full of butterflies, serene landscapes, and creeks, I suppose that would be true. Unfortunately, we live in a world of ever changing ideas and situations. We learn to adapt to these changes, but our love of writing is put on hold when other priorities knock it into the ditch.
Writing evolves. It not only evolves while we edit, as many may infer, but it also evolves as we grow older and we learn through our experiences. It is most important that we do not decide that there really is cement in the ditch. It is important to realize that the event that put our writing on hold may really be the inspiration to our next creation… our next work of art. After all, writing is like art because it is an expression of the moment and all the experiences that create that moment.
Do not let anyone stop you from writing. The ditch that you may have fallen in is only temporary. Believe in yourself and in your love of writing so that you can break free from the cement that is holding you in place….