Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Dark Nights of the Soul

Even the most prolific writers out there must encounter the lulls in productivity, right? Surely, it is not just a new writer phenomenon.

It seems that the warm, sunny days of summer are not the elixir I needed. Finishing my last certification for work would not clear my desk and allow my brain to focus on the good stuff. Turns out, I truly can waste many hours surfing the net and watching mindless television instead of writing.

The worst part about the slump is that I don’t even have the energy and urge to do anything else creative either. At least if I was knitting or quilting or even planning a quilt, I wouldn’t feel so slug-like. But instead this has been the summer of virtually no creative output from yours truly!

I do hear that these things happen. Some people refer to it as a block. I don’t want to call it that because it makes it seem like such a solid thing to overcome. More like I am wallowing in an uninspired pit. Yes, that describes it well.

So how do you crawl out of this pit when you find yourself mired down in the muck?

I have been asking myself this for weeks now.

I have heard many remedies that I need to work up some energy to try –

Take a walk.
Read a book.
Do something else.

All those ideas might work, but they all seem like they may take a bit of a kick in the butt.

I think the best advise I have heard was to just own it. Own your process. Understand that you are human and cannot possibly crank out creativity like a machine! Forgive yourself for this. And let yourself wallow a bit. Stretch out and let yourself sink right down into the mud and wallow. When you are good and sick of yourself, you will find your way out, one step at a time.

I think when we admit we are human and forgive ourselves for our little funk, we may actually come to enjoy the occasional wallow.




  1. Glad to see u tackle this problem, Cheryl!
    I usually have a few blogs/projects on th go, so if I get stuck on 1, then I can move on to another.
    In order to get back into th writing flow, a good idea – works for me – is to try working in a different part of th house. Or somewhere outside (then eventually move back to your desk).
    And if lack of energy is th prob: don’t forget th power of napping!
    Wld recommend yesterday’s Post, (but got fed up & worked on somthin else instead)
    so Sunday’s Post should suffice:

    • Sadly my naps don’t tend to energize me. Instead I wind up lounging the afternoon away and not getting any writing done. 😏

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