August 29, 2012

Slumps, Part Two

Posted in slumps in writing tagged , , at 2:40 pm by Rebecca Hein

If we could set up our writing lives for regular practice and performance, as musicians do, our slumps might have less power to stop us. Habits that engage us with our own skill or with readers can tide us through difficult times, making the difference between advancing slowly and stopping.

Practicing is one of the most valuable activities of all, precisely because it keeps us going. Expecting nothing except to produce words—any words—we can still write. Even if we’ve lost all sense of direction, or our confidence has dwindled to nothing, if we continue to practice, we at least set ourselves up for a return of motivation and the desire to go on.



  1. Do we not practice when we write blogs, letters, and journal entries? I often find myself correcting a grammatical goof or incorrectly spelled word, even when I’m writing to a friend. People have commented about how well my letters are composed. Rare is the day when I don’t write something.

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Yes, all those activities are practice for our writing. But what I prefer about straight “practice writing” is that I can be absolutely free.

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