Last week we discussed Voice: where does it come from and are there ways and means of developing it. I am going to dip back into some of the ideas you discussed the week before. Margo brought up the idea that several people are seemingly having a rough time of late. I happen to be one of them. Discussion topic, this week, is where do you go and what do you do when you hit those rough patches? Do you quit writing because it simply gets difficult to do? Do you have places you go for inspiration, and do they work for you? How well do they work? How do you define a rough patch? Does it mean you find you can’t write, or simply want to explore other things and give the pen a rest for a while?
Years ago, I decided that I would write everyday. I continue to do that in my journal and often write about how hard it is to write, to find words, or the energy to construct a poem that at least has something to offer and doesn’t just lie there on the paper moaning and groaning, or demanding that I put it out of its misery.
When I first started on the prompt circuit, I have to confess, I was very intense about it and was often doing a prompt a day. That’s a lot of writing, and I kept it up for months. At the present time, I do my journal, a daily observation online, this discussion blog, the wordle, and the week in review.
But, although it started out as a lack of drive to continue writing in such a hectic fashion, it has become something else. I have developed new interests and am giving them space in my existence. One is photography and the other is pen and ink sketching, or doodles. I am pretty sure I will never quit writing altogether. It’s simply a part of my being and my identity. And I like the balance I find between the writing and the non-writing activities. They feed and fuel one another. I find that they are all forms of active meditation, and bring their own nurture to the overall process.
So, what do you do when you hit a rough patch? One of my solutions is to speak to others who write. This blog, hopefully fulfills that element. Now, it’s your turn.