Spinning Tires #WritersLife #amwriting

Spinning My Tires

Lately it feels as though my writing has come to a standstill and I’m just spinning tires without going anywhere.

We were talking about this at my local critique group meeting and I realized- thankfully- that at least I’m not alone with this dilemma.

Some call it writer’s block or writer’s slump, maybe winter doldrums, but whatever you name it, it can lead to depression and feelings of anxiety. I know I’ve been questioning why I put myself through this lately.

But, this is the thing… If you’re a writer, you write. It’s almost as important as breathing, so I’ve decided to search the internet for some inspirational quotes to help me (and you) feel better.

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.

Wolfgang Puck

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

E.L. Doctorow

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

Today, I’m celebrating a landmark birthday and rather than allowing myself to dwell on getting older, or the fact my pen seems to have temporarily run dry, I’m going to concentrate on the positives- I have my health, a supportive family, fantastic writing friends, and it’s spring- anything is possible!

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54 Replies to “Spinning Tires #WritersLife #amwriting”

  1. Sometimes I think our muses, or whatever it is that keeps the inspiration coming, has to have time out. This I can accept, for it gives us time to catch our breath too. Mine is currently taking liberties at the moment, so I might have to manage without her.
    Spring is busy bursting her britches, so plenty to look at outdoors!

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  2. I agree with Jaye. Every now and then our muses just need to recharge. I’m currently struggling to get my next book started but I’m mired in trying to figure out plot points and feel like I’m spinning my wheels.

    I love that quote about the fog and the headlights. Maybe that’s what I need to get started on my book.
    Wishing you a wonderful first day of spring, relaxation and many words when you’re ready! 🙂

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  3. I don’t know of any writer who doesn’t go through these writing ‘dry’ spells, Jacquie. I always look at it as my ‘creative cogs’ way of asking to be oiled. I never know how long the job will take, but then I wake up one morning and they’re working again. For me, it always happens in the morning.

    I love the quote by Benjamin Franklin. It’s very inspiring.

    Happy Birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day. 🎈

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  4. Sounds like you need a breather. Bet when you least expect it, an idea will grab you by the throat. Until then, enjoy your many other blessings. And I loved the quote about cooking!

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  5. Happy birthday Jacquie:) We all go through this period but it seems to lead to a new perspective and creativity with a new approach. Wishing you wonderful year of seeing things through new and creative writing eyes. Sending birthday hugs.

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    1. So true! We used to camp (tents and all) every summer, but life got in the way and we haven’t done it in a long time.
      It’s never too late thought, right? 🙂


  6. Happy Belated Birthday Jacquie. Wishing you all the best for a healthy happy year ahead and that your pen is soon writing wonderful stories. 🎉🥳🎂✍📚

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  7. Great inspirational quotes to rejuvenate one’s self from writer’s block. I love the Ray Bradbury one “you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Great post! And I know I’m late, but happy birthday 🥳

    -Renee Verona

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