How many times have you sat down to write and gotten instantly stuck? How many times have you been writing and hit a wall because you were nervous you weren’t taking the story in the right direction? How many times have you felt “blocked” “bogged down” or “frozen” during a writing session instead of free and flowing and moving ahead?
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For most of my life I’ve had to snatch away time from the everyday routine to dive into a good book. And for most of my life, I’ve felt guilty about it. Parents and teachers praised my avid interest in reading, but by the time I reached college it wasn’t a hobby anymore. It was one of the driving forces of my life. (My Twitter bio doesn’t say “Obsessed with literature in all forms” for no reason, after all!) But while reading a lot is admired in our culture, it still holds the status of a leisure-time activity.
Have you ever taken some time off writing? Maybe it was six months or maybe it was…six years? I’ve gone through unhappy periods in my life when I wasn’t writing at all, and every time I tried to start again it seemed impossible. Even if I only wrote two sentences they were the worst two sentences I had ever seen. And what if you’ve never even really started writing?