This is the first time I have sat down to write in almost a year. I had a good reason: my husband was extremely ill, and I needed to be there for him. He since has recuperated and is doing well. Life is getting back to normal. But, I didn’t write during that time.
I missed writing. Before Bob’s illness, I either wrote for clients or myself every single day. Then life intervened and I stopped writing suddenly. The words just dried up.
I am not unique. People everywhere have personal problems that destroy their daily life patterns. However, for a writer not to write is dreadful.
When you regularly write, the words begin to come easily. When you don’t, writing becomes a painful, laborious struggle where you search for that “just right” word or phrase. Write if you can.
Writing as Science
There have been many studies on this phenomena. Scientists have studied writers’ brains as they wrote. One important study by Martin Lotze, University of Greifswald, Germany, found that when writers were engaged in creative writing, certain areas of their brains became very active. In other words, they were “visualizing” the scenes they were writing. The information for these scenes came from other parts of the brain which collected data. As the writers became more skilled, these functions became automatic, or in other words, drew from memory and the writing became easier and faster for them.
What can you take from this? My thoughts are that if you continue to write and develop your word skills, your writing becomes easier for you have a bigger experience collection in your brain to draw from.
Words come easier when you continually use them. This is why all of us writing mentors encourage people to write something every day, even if it is just a few lines of your thoughts. Ideas are fleeting and if you don’t write them down, they disappear. Plus, you benefit from the brain exercise of creating.
Journaling can aid you in this venture. Writing a page or more for your novel helps. Creating your blog triggers brain responses. Just getting words down somewhere for some purpose is all important for you, The Writer.
Your brain has to be in writing gear to make it all happen. All of us have lives apart from our writing world and frequently those lives intersect and disrupt our writing. Don’t be discouraged if you have to step away for a while. If possible, jot something on your phone, tablet, laptop. If you can’t, the words will wait. Just make plans to write once again when life settles down. We do what we can do.