I have been absent from this blog for several weeks. I’m sorry. In all honesty, I couldn’t think of anything I cared to write about. My writing energy had been depleted by my novel, which I just sent off to some beta readers. Then, I just kind of had to decompress. I think I put a lot more into my novel than I realized and I was burned out.
However, I don’t do well when I’m not writing. I’m sluggish, grumpy, restless. Basically, I’m a non-joy.
I read a lot of posts from people who lose their way with writing. They don’t feel the passion anymore. They’ve been rejected one too many times. They can’t fit it into the maze of Life. I know I have written my fair share of posts on this subject. Either I have lost my edge, or I want to reach out to other writers with suggestions on how to get back into the writing saddle.
So, here I am again. Feeling that drag that writing does to me so often. The familiar crossroads where writing makes me feel foolish, but not writing makes me feel useless.
Enter the wolves.
Just when I needed a reason, a motivation to get back into the swing of things, I came across a neat video (below). After watching, I felt a surge of hope. Not just for the wolves or the ecosystem, but for my place in this world.
The singlemost reason that drives anyone to keep writing is writing about something that matters. As a crafter of story, be it fiction or not, you need to find one thing in this world that matters to you above and beyond your own life. Something that you can impact in your own way. Something that you should speak up for. Writing because you simply have to write does not count.
When you lose your way, writing about the one thing that matters can reconnect you to your path. You will keep writing as long as you have something or someone in your heart that needs a voice. And the joy, the satisfaction, that results links you to the next thing that matters. And the writing continues.
I had no use for a blog post for the past month or so. Had no desire to think about my next writing project. Didn’t miss my characters or fictional settings.
Until I saw this video.
And now I want to write again. If only to be a voice.