August 22, 2012

Slumps, Part One

Posted in slumps in writing tagged , , at 3:11 pm by Rebecca Hein

Slumps in our creative work are inevitable. We lose momentum or confidence, slow down, and eventually stop.

The cause can be anything from a series of rejections to a problem of content or structure in an ongoing project. Either way, we can’t seem to get going, and wonder if we ever will again.

When this happens to my cello playing, sometimes I’ve had no choice but to continue practicing anyway. Forced to it by a performance or by teaching, I trudge forward.

Then a moment of enchantment inspires me. Or maybe a good practice session re-energizes me, and newly motivated, I’m on my way again.

But many writers don’t practice regularly, nor do they face periodic publication. Nor does writing always inspire them the way music inspires a cellist. Therefore how does a writer pull out of a slump?

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