Greetings after a long absence. There are a number of reasons for my time away from the blog, though it’s mostly that I don’t have much time to write, and I have been dedicating what little time I do have to fiction and poems that explore the sorts of issues I had been blogging about here.
Even though I think I’m better at getting into the complexities of social issues through fiction and poetry than I do through blogging, I haven’t felt much like writing anything of late. And I know I’m not alone in that.
So, how do we get back to the necessary creative work we do?
I’m still struggling with that. One shift I did notice lately is that I didn’t want to listen to writing podcast episodes, which I usually do the day they’re published. Why not? Because I felt guilty listening to writing podcasts when I should be paying attention to news. Because writing–especially writing science fiction and poetry–feels less vital than doing whatever it is I should be doing right now, even if I’m already doing it.
That said, writing podcasts give me a sense of the larger writing community, outside my local community which, of course, I’m not socializing with for the foreseeable future. Listen to just one podcast, I told myself. See what happens. And it helped. The writing is slow, and I’m easily distracted, but I’m writing.
In case this helps anyone else in the same situation, here are a few episodes I recommend:
- In episode #486 of I Should Be Writing, host Mur Lafferty reminds us that we need to adjust to life as it is now, rather than pressuring ourselves to use “free time” to write what we feel we should be writing right now. (Though the podcast is for “wannabe fiction writers,” I’ve found Lafferty’s advice just as useful after the publication of my first book as I did when I had just come back to writing.)
- The title of episode #203 of the #amwriting podcast says it all: #HowToWorkAnyway. Practical advice on how to get the writing done when so much is changing around us all.
- More practical advice from host Rachael Herron in episode #174 of How Do You Write?
- And even more from Rachael Herron and her co-host J. Thorn on their podcast The Writer’s Well. In episode #168, they ask each other “Do You Pray?” Their answers are “no” and “not really,” but they have an interesting conversation around the topic.
So, these are the podcasts that have eased me back into writing.
How about you? Are you finding it difficult to create now? Have you found anything that helps?