#IWSG: Seasons of Writing

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Today is the first Wednesday of December and that means it’s the last #IWSG day of the year. It’s already late in the evening and I’m not too inspired to write on the topic of writing. I guess I wasn’t too inspired during the month of November at all. I mean, I didn’t have any blog challenges to participate in, so I didn’t write as much as I did in previous months. My private journal and Drafts, an app I use for my random pieces of fiction and poetry, also remained largely empty.

I find myself scrolling past the many writing and poetry Facebook groups I’m in an not even looking at them. It isn’t that I don’t want to write, but it’s probably that I feel my creative juices have more or less dried up and I don’t want to see others’ beautiful work when I’m not able to contribute any myself. Call me selfish for that.

November is a hard month for me. Perhaps the hardest of the year. November 2 marks the anniversary of my major mental health crisis (which happened in 2007). That, combined with some form of winter blues, often has me depressed during November. I often feel less inspired when I’m depressed.

This year, my November was okay writing-wise. In 2018 and 2019, I published significantly fewer blog posts in November than this year. Then again, I’m doing pretty well writing regularly this year overall.

I am not sure whether, with the exception of blog challenges such as the #AtoZChallenge in April, there are any months I consistently blog more or less than others. With respect to my fiction and poetry writing, this tends to go in spurts and then stands still for a long while. This is the case for all of my passions other than blogging.

13 thoughts on “#IWSG: Seasons of Writing

  1. Once you’re in a downward spiral, it’s hard to find a way out. And sometimes you have to hit bottom first. I find reading usually gives me incentive, but sometimes I just have to get sick of the same four walls to make a move that’ll free me from their hold! Good luck, I know you will eventually! Keep the faith!

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  2. I find it hard to write when I’m low, but sometimes making myself write lifts my mood. When I really don’t feel like writing, I try other creative things, which for me is usually art or music or even cooking. Those feel easier than facing the empty page. And sometimes you just need a break from writing to get you energized to come back.
    Don’t be too hard on yourself. It will come back.

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