I don’t want to call it “writer’s block.” I don’t even believe in “writer’s block.” What I do believe in is our work ethic, and how we writers are often too hard on ourselves. After all, we work to our own rhythms, and hear others say, “I don’t know how you manage to write. I’d never in a million years have that kind of will power.” The self-discipline we bring to writing is an admirable aspect of our profession, but it takes its toll.
Welcome the Dog Days
When the pen or the laptop seem to weigh more than usual, and our energy flags, perhaps it’s best to welcome the dog days. Smile and lie in the sun. Embrace the rest and renewal. Accept that when the dog days leave, it’s going to be tough to return to the manuscript. And that’s okay, because we didn’t get into this business because it was easy.
Dog Days Bring Growth
School vacations are a rest, but every teacher and parent knows that vacations are also a time of real growth. Because writing is a continuous learning process, a break can do the same for us. We return to our work not just refreshed, but perhaps more confident in certain aspects of our craft. Enjoy the sunshine. It’s part of the job.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and is Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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