My daughter informed me yesterday that there are “No Writing Emergencies,” just as there are “No bag emergencies.” (She sells bags.)
Does she not know that there is? (lol)
So, when those writing emergencies come…(for me, they are emergencies), and the flow of words is hitting you on the head with a sledge-hammer, warning you to “PAY ATTENTION,” what do you do? You haven’t a notepad, recording device, or “Ctrl S” in the nearest hundred miles to save those precious thoughts? You aren’t able to capture words, or put them on pause or slow, and your inner voice is telling you to run to the nearest laptop or notepad. What do you do?
Does the wind blow those thoughts back your way again?
“Oh, winds of word where dost thou blow, if not within thy humbled soul? Remain close by… for I dost fear thou musing call I shall not hear.”
Ok, Shakespeare I’m not… but in my pondering, I’m wondering if this is the results of “blow back.” The words not blowing back to you in the winds of word, and giving you unintended repercussions because you’re not writing them down. You may get glimpses of them here or there, but usually if they aren’t written down, or recorded, then those thoughts are gone- lost to the winds, and given to the next one who picks up on them. Or perhaps, within those glimpses you may recover a bit of something, and use it a different way.
We shouldn’t lose hope. Word association, or picture association… could help you to coax the muse back. Try relaxing or taking a walk, and pray for Providence to re-ignite your flow of words.
I’ve read recently (don’t remember who) about a writer who writes on a daily schedule even when the muse isn’t flowing, so that he will catch him when he is. I thought it was a great concept.
In a world of children, and grandchildren, we do have to make sacrifices. Sometimes things are placed on hold to formulate a more necessary connection with our precious ones. We would not want them to feel that our own pondering should take precedence over family, and sometimes it is a great conflict to calm the storm of your worded soul and look at things more realistically.
How do you feel about it? Leave me a comment and let me know.