I’m not one to normally make assumptions. Yet I’m confident in expressing my belief that if you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably found yourself stuck on more than one occasion. Along with yours, my hand is most certainly raised. It’s a byproduct of the writer’s life, I’m afraid. Creative knots are totally normal, completely frustrating, and naturally, predictable in their unpredictability.
Over the course of her career, Toni Morrison has written novels, essays, plays, children’s books, and has been awarded some of literature’s most prestigious honors like the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. It might be difficult to imagine relating to a writer of such prestige, but as it turns out, she’s just like us.
At a writing conference in Raleigh, I loved the response from a poet who was asked how she stays positive in the face of all the rejection letters that come in.
What happens when you’re feeling stuck creativity? Todd Henry has a framework to help you avoid the common trap of getting too comfortable.
Do you have a quote journal? I used to keep one in high school, filled with funny things friends said, or snippets of conversations I overheard, quotes from books or poems. Unearthing the notebook recently made me think of starting one up again, because sometimes there’s nothing quite like copying favorite lines with your own pen, in your own handwriting.