Hello Lovely Souls!
I'm writing to let you all know that I'm struggling hard to find inspiration to get my writing back on track. I'm having a lot of trouble writing nowadays. The works, I published last week were some of my unfinished drafts, which I eventually somehow managed to finish. I published an old poem today. As nothing new is coming out. I am stuck and don't know for how long.
It's been happening to me for the past few weeks, and I'm sick of it. To keep myself busy, I've joined some language classes of Catalan and French as well as some Psychology courses. Maybe my muse will become envious and return. I can only hope! I'll get back to writing as soon as my muse returns. Meanwhile, I apologize for boring you.
Please wish me luck!
Misbah, please take it from an old writer/editor, the last thing you should do is worry about it. The more worry, the longer the muse will stay away. Set your writing aside and go do something fun!!! I've found that's the quickest way in the world to get it back. And never apologize when the well runs dry. I've been writing professionally for 60 years now, if you consider my 33 years of editing as writing (which it is). I know what I'm talking about because I haven't published anything since I had a stroke almost two years ago. I'm just now getting my head back on my shoulders and the creative thoughts are starting to return.
We get all kinds of advice to practice, practice, practice, but I say don't force it. That just frustrates the muse. Don't let anyone tell you that it's laziness because in a creative person, it is not.
I think you are doing the right thing by reworking some old drafts to get in the mood. I unpublished an article sometime back, and I'm seeing it from a new perspective. It probably will be the first thing that I do to get back in the groove. So just take it easy, don't force yourself, and one day it will all come together. I'm not going to say "good luck" because I know you don't need luck. You have the "right stuff". Your muse is just resting a little bit right now.
Aww... Thank you so much for your wonderful and very generous response, Ms.Doris. You are very kind. I am in awe of your kindness and compassion. Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I greatly appreciate that. Your support means a lot to me!
You are right about not forcing it. Because I also feel the more I stress, the more far she runs. I appreciate your help and support. Lots of Love to you, Ms Doris.
Blessings as always!!!
Get outside! Hike! Garden! I've found that being outdoors gets my creative juices going.
No need to apologise, Misbah. It happens to us all at some stage. Your muse will return when they are ready.. you can't force it. I have been writing random stuff, none I think is good enough to publish at the moment...but I'll keep working on it and eventually it will turn into something worthwhile. At least I hope so. Good luck with the language classes.
Aww you don't need to apologize Misbah. you're definitely not boring us and your presence will be remembered on HubPages. I think it is common to not find inspiration at times. Take it easy, you will be inspired again but remember to have fun as it not anyone's obligation to keep posting. You will always be welcomed at HubPages whenever you can write. Cheer up and also enjoy your classes.
Your muse will come back... but don't wait for her to show up. Read some stuff, grab some titles and reword them to fit something you can resonate with. Don't try to write articles; just write paragraphs, vignettes. Setting yourself small writing goals can invite the muse back in
I sincerely wish your muse finds her way back to you soon. Best of Luck!
You can never Bore Us!
Your work is amazing even if it is from an old rough draft.
Your muse is just waiting. When it returns you will see how great it has become.
I'm certain it will be spectacular.
Give it time. Good things don't come to those who rush.
Try going for a walk and recording your observations in a small notebook. If you travel by bus or train, make sure that the notebook is with you. As theraggededge says, you don't need to write whole articles. Just paragraphs or even phrases could be useful for connecting with your muse.
Wishing you luck and blessings, Misbah, not boring at all. We writers can relate to what you're feeling. It's quite normal for your muse to go on hiatus. But don't depend on her solely. First, be okay with taking a break from writing as you study. Second, step outside of your box of ideas and stretch your imagination to where you wouldn't normally go. Lastly, focus on the process of writing and less on producing content. For example, write about the struggle you're having and how much you miss your muse. When I went through a dry spell, I wrote a poem called "Empty Pages." It's in my article "How to Beat Writer's Block for Poets and Creatives." I hope this helps. Be gentle with yourself.
Thank you so much for your kindness, Janis. I will read your article and will try to follow your suggestions. I am trying to be gentle with myself but this is so irritating. I greatly appreciate your help and support.
Many blessings to you!!!
Take your time. Sometimes we need a break, and that can be an excellent respite from the norm. It sounds as though you are filling your extra time with good purpose.
Thank you so much, dear Peggy. Yes, I am trying to keep myself busy in hope that my muse will get jealous and return soon I greatly appreciate your kindness. May God continue to bless you. Amen! You are very kind.
Love and Blessings as always!!
Misbah, my muse as been AWOL for quite sometime. I have other aspects of life that are getting in the way due to priorities. I know she'll come back once more of my time is my own (and hers).
Don't beat yourself up. Sometimes our muses step away because they know what we need (to do) better than we do. She'll be back when the stage is all hers. Muses are selfish in that regard. And that's a good thing!
Thank you very much for being so sweet, Shauna. I agree with all you said. Muse is a jealous muse, she's selfish, and I believe you're right that she'll return when the stage is all hers. I'm hoping it will happen soon.
I hope we both get our muses back soon so we can rock the stage with renewed vigour and energy. Good Luck!
Blessings and Love to you!!!
People having passion for writing will write irrespective of whether they are getting inspiration or not. It also happens that sometimes our writings are of very high quality and we are very much satisfied with it while at times it might not appear to us worth submitting to a publishing site. Still, we continue writing and accumulate it in our shelf for a better time tomorrow. These phases come in the lives often but remember even our old writings one day can become very useful when we revise them and update them and find that they are worth today when we see them with a slightly different perspective. Corrections and updates will always be there in the life of a writer. We have to live with them. Have a nice time and continue your work.
Sir, thank you so much for your nice and insightful response. I am currently planning to attend some language classes as well as some psychology lectures. I'm hoping that keeping myself busy would help me. Yes, updating previously published articles is an excellent idea. I appreciate your kindness.
Hi Misbah my experience is that the more you try to call your muse the more it will go far away. So it helps when we completely forget about it and do something completely different. For example, I love gardening ,so whenever my muse fails me, I furiously start working in my garden and bingo the muse comes back .It works for me ,maybe it would work for you also. Best of luck.
Ravi, thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind response. Yes, I enjoy gardening as well. It's difficult for me to forget about my muse, so I don't think I can entirely forget about it. But, I believe, your opinion is correct and sound. I am grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Many Blessings to you!!
Misbah, no need to apologize. It's natural. Sometimes we need a break. Do something else you love rather than writing. For example baking, cooking, designing mehndi, DIY useful things, cycling, etc. Or you can go on a vacation with your loved ones. I think you love painting. Your muse will come back soon insha Allah.
Many blessings and love to you dear sister.
Thank you so much for your kind support and suggestions, Rozlin. Yes, I love to paint. Meanwhile, I am trying to keep myself busy with the language and psychology classes. I hope it will help me. I appreciate your kindness!!!
Blessings and Love, dear sister
I honestly don't need a muse for non-fiction. I just have a long list of potential articles and pick one each time that I start a new project.
If I get bogged down for some reason, I just switch to something else, and come back to the problem piece later. I typically have multiple articles on the go at any one time.
Thank you so much, Paul, for your kindness and support. I had a long list of drafts that I finished recently, but I believe I'm just sliding off the track right now. I think I pushed myself hard to finish those drafts. I greatly appreciate your thoughts and time. Gratitude!
Hemingway had a phrase: "Always leave some water in the well", by which he meant, don't burn yourself out, always leave energy for the next day.
He also believed that it was not good to finish the piece or section that you were working on at the end of a writing period, it's easier to restart the following day by just continuing where you left off, rather than starting something from scratch.
If you really can't write articles, then work on composing some good titles, research topic areas, keywords, etc. Put a list together that might inspire you at some point? Just researching the featured articles on the front of the niche pages can also be educational and inspirational, in my experience.
Misbah, you have done so great all this while and many here are loyal fans of your work. Don't get overwhelmed trying too hard to squeeze out new ideas; trust the process and go with the flow. Brilliant ideas sometimes come to you during the moments you least expect it. It's great that you are being pro-active by taking up courses to activate the creative part of your brain. Perhaps, your breakthrough will come when you are open and at ease with yourself. Believe that you are doing something worthwhile with your time while waiting for your next inspiration.
Brian, you are extremely thoughtful and kind. Thank you so much for your warm words of encouragement and support. I'm hoping for some fantastic ideas to pop up back very soon. I have found so many good friends like you here what else do I need. Your support means a lot, my friend.
Thank you so much for your generous response. God bless you and keep you happy. Ameen!
Blessings to you and your loved ones!!
Muses do not leave us. In fact, we don't need one if we are centered. The Inner Pilot is more than enough. Make the mind calm, serene, restful ... still. Practice this regularly and the natural inner river which has never truly left you, will be heard.
I do not have problems with writing, but again I do not write. The Inner Pilot inside me, does all the work. When you can feel that way ... become receptive to the Higher Light, your gift will increase.
Again, knowing your Dharma is necessary. Does Allah wants you to write? if so, what is Its wish for you? Much Love. - Manatita
This is an after thought. You can help me publish my book. Anything that serves others will help us. We can chat about this. Salaam!
Thank you so much, bro. Why not? I'd be happy to help you to publish your book. I'll send you an email about it.
Without a doubt, whatever that helps others will benefit us. I am honored that you thought I was worthy of helping you with your task. Your work is exceptional. I will consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you.
God bless you. Amen!
You are a wonderful friend too yourself, Misbah. You're always generous with a kind word or two to spread cheers to others.
May you find inspiration during your times of quiet and be at peace with what you have accomplished and look out for opportunities to flourish. Be well and stay safe, Misbah. Have a splendid weekend!
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