Stuck! Why can't I write? (And what to do about it)
I love writing and I write almost every day. But sometimes I get stuck. Or is it really being stuck? I have a few theories on this and why it happens.
Stuckness may be about collecting energy - like fall and winter is a time for nature to rest and renew internally. Then, things blossom or like water behind a dam, when the locks are opened, big creative energy flows out. Once the barriers are opened, it becomes virtually impossible to stop the flow. Some people write like this.
If I can’t write, then there’s often some emotional reason. To write, for me, means being in touch with my emotions. But if I’m going through personal challenges, then I sometimes don’t want to feel my emotions. But to be a good writer, I need to feel them. So this is the paradox. Usually, journaling or getting up to dance or walk the emotions out of my body and let them release will do the trick and allow the writing flow to start again.
3. Physical Fatigue can dampen creative energy
Creativity requires energy, creative energy. If the body, mind, and spirit feel really depleted, then writing can be a drain. On the other hand, if writing comes from deep within, it can actually energize you with its creative force.
Debra Moffitt is the award-winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely, Inspired Life, and “Garden of Bliss”. She leads workshops on writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe and is on the faculty of Esalen Institute and Sophia Institute. Her weekly radio show Divinely Inspired Living on Unity FM aims to invite listeners to trust their inner wisdom. It features guests like Sonia Choquette, Mark Nepo, and Dr. Eben Alexander.