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
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

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

Ray Bradbury
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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 thoughts on “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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    1. So true! The fresh spring breezes, daffodils blooming and my beautiful cherry tree all say there’s more to life than writing- at the moment anyway 🙂

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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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    1. Thanks, Mae. I figure it’ll happen when it’s ready. For now, I’m just going to enjoy my garden 🙂

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  3. A great choice of inspirational quotes, Jacquie. After having cabin fever for months, spring is now calling us out and away from our computers. Maybe it’s the same with muses.

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    1. I’m glad to see I’m not alone. We should start a poster for runaway muses, lol

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  4. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! 🎂 I loved the quotes! You’ll get your groove back! I just know it! 🥂

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    1. Aw, thanks, Jennifer! I needed that ❤

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  5. Happiest birthday wishes, Jacquie! Cheering you on. 🙂

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  6. Excellent quotes, Jacquie, and Happy Birthday!
    And I’m in a slump too. Ugh. Just keep writing!

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    1. Yes, they say that’s the best way to overcome a slump. I need to quit procrastinating, lol.
      Loving Soul Swallowers, by the way!

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      1. Oooh Thank you! You just made my day, Jacquie.

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  7. 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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    1. I like that analogy, Hugh. I think my cog is clogged, though, lol.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

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  8. Jacquie, we all experience a lull in our writing activity. Glad you are looking past that. I loved the quotes. They resonated well with me.

    Happy birthday, enjoy your day.

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    1. I’ve found writing quotes can be quite inspirational.
      Thanks, Michele!

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  9. 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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    1. Me too! He’s the coolest guy 🙂

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  10. A good collection. It’s good to remember that writing has no cure so we might as well figure out how to coexist with it!

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  11. Beware Of The Reader March 20, 2019 — 10:31 am

    Happy birthday Jacquie!!!! And I love the quotes, especially the one about the cooking!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! Have you seen Wolfgang Puck on your television? He’s the nicest guy 🙂

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  12. D.L Finn, Author March 20, 2019 — 10:31 am

    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. Thank you so much, Denise. I hope you’re right!

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  13. We’re having some gorgeous spring weather right now. Perfect for celebrating your birthday! And while you’re doing that, the writing bug might bite.

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    1. We are! So nice to see the cherry blossoms 🌸
      Thank you, Audrey, I hope you’re right!

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  14. Wonderful quotes! Positivity and moving forward is a tonic in itself. Like the Nike ad, ‘Just Do It’. Best to you, Jacquie.

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    1. Lol, great advice, Jennie! 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Jacquie. 🙂

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  15. Happy belated birthday, Jacquie, I hope you had a wonderful day!🎉 And I’m sorry you’ve lost your writing mojo but I know you’ll be back on track in no time!💕

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    1. Thanks, Trisy! I managed a chapter last night, so here’s hoping 😊

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  16. Your inspiration can be found in Nature,go camping Jacquie!

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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? 🙂

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      1. as long as one can breath,you can camp!

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  17. Writing is really hard work, Jacquie, and it is mentally draining too. You are a prolific writer. Maybe you just need a holiday … or a change of genre. That is quite inspiring too.

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    1. Agreed. I’ve used that technique before to wake my muse up. I’ve been enjoying spring gardening- I think you’re right, a break to gain a fresh eye 🙂
      Thanks, Robbie.

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  18. I know that feeling, been there, am still doing it. But i know it’ll pass, so meanwhile i’m reading. Love those quotes especially E. L. Docotorow’s.

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    1. Thanks, Jina. Yes, reading, Hallmark movies, gardening- all of it calms me and hopefully, will inspire my muse sooner or later!

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  19. 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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    1. Aw, thank you, Carla 🙂
      You made my day!

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  20. Happy Birthday, Jacquie! I’m sorry In missed it when it happened.

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  21. 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
    Rarityofparadise.com

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    1. That’s a great quote, Renee! Though, it’s easy to become disenchanted with the marketing aspects more than the writing.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

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      1. Oh, that’s a fact for sure. 😅

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  22. I get easily distracted at this time of year Jacquie.. but the Irish weather is not known for its consistency so you get out when you can.. thankfully doing what I love, but the WIP at the moment is fermenting and gathering oxygenation.. that’s how I choose to look at it anyway…xx

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    1. I like that analogy, Sally. Better than the word ‘blocked’!

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