Hey, we all go through it at least once in our careers, right? For me this is trip number two through the thick gunky dark bottleneck of writer's block. I didn't recognize it at first because I've still been writing, which is why I feel this is more of a funk than a block. It's the low number of new words and frustration with editing that were the first clues I ignored. The second clue is the pages of The Courier that are sitting in the word processor, ready for release on Twitter and the website, but I just can't bring myself to copy and paste it in. Third clue, doing lots of research for Bloodleggers and avoiding connecting with my main character, Miss Regina Todd. Oh, yeah, and there's the whole wanting to quit thing I've written about in the Bloodleggers and The Courier blogs.
So what now? I asked myself before I rolled out of bed yesterday.
First thing I did was pull one of my favorite books off the shelf that I keep handy for such emergencies. It hasn't seriously come off the shelf for ten plus years though. The Artist's Way got me through a pretty "funky" rough spot back then. All it took was a quick read through the introduction and I realized that I have more than writer's block. This is also a spiritual disconnect. This quote alone in the margin of the book spoke to me and confirmed it.
"I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me."--William Blake
On a personal level, being open and sharing things can be very useful. Because of this nature I can make friends more easily, and it's not just a matter of knowing people and having a superficial exchange but of really sharing my deepest problems and suffering. And it's the same thing when I hear good news, I immediately share it with others. So, I feel a sense of intimacy and connections with my friends.So I've decided to share my journey in the midst of my "funk" here in my blog. Mostly it'll be connected with 12 weeks of following The Artist's Way, which is also, as the title states, "a spiritual path to higher creativity." I'll be sharing lots of the negative, lots of the positive, and lots of spiritual talk that will be connected to about every religion and philosophy on Earth, past and present. It all depends on where The Universe and God decide take me.
I don't want to make this just about me though. If any other writers out there are experiencing what I am, and you want to pick up a copy of The Artist's Way and join me, let me know. I'd love to include links to your blog or make my blog available to you if you need a place to vent.
And so the journey begins...