I’ve been offline since late-May. Offline in that I haven’t posted here, nor have I done any writing – save for most recently.
I’ve often iterated that in order to be great at writing you also have to be great at living; that it’s necessary to take time off here and there to break from writing and find your inspiration.
In May I took up a job working at a poultry plant, and through the summer was swamped with full-time work and the fatigue that accompanied it. I wanted to write through all this, but in the end I had zero motivation coming home at the end of a long work day, and when the weekend came along I wanted to take advantage of the time by having a social life. Time was of the essence and writing wasn’t, I’m shamed to say, but that might’ve been on account that I knew it wasn’t going to be like that forever.
I’m back in classes now, and only work one day out of the week. Back in the environment of academics, I have more time for reading and, of course, writing.
Needless to say, my writing these past couple weeks has been nothing short of phenomenal. Not only because I’ve had such an enormous break from the routine, but also because I’ve taken a different direction with my writing. Instead of writing fiction/fantasy, I’m writing (more or less) non-fiction – a memoir. (I say more or less, because it could very well change before the end). What I find so captivating about writing in this style is how real it all is, and it confirms something I realized way back at the start of work: “I have some serious material here.”
The characters (people) I write about, the experiences I share – they’re filled with so much depth and passion, and I find it to be one of the most fun things I’ve ever written. Recounting moments in my life both recent and old and sticking them together with a literary flare is both rewarding with regards to my craft, but also to my optimism on life. There’s nothing more satisfying than realizing you’ve been living a story like the ones you read about (and now write about).
So my lesson for you today is this:
Don’t feel bummed if you’ve lost interest in writing, or don’t have much time for it. Allow yourself to be free of it. Go about and live your life however it may be, and when you find time for writing again and finally sit down to do it, you’ll be loaded with so much ammo that you’ll riddle a blank paperback with bullet holes.