Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

It’s Not You, It’s Me

bradburyHave you ever noticed that when you are struggling the most, others seem to be passing you at a record pace? Recently, I have felt this way with my writing. I have mentioned in a few posts that Life, with a capital L, has gotten in the way of my creative pursuits as of late. That, unfortunately, has not changed. I haven’t had the time or energy to write anything except my occasional blog entry. My muse is hanging on by a thread. Meanwhile, those around me seem to be posting at warp speed and cranking out whole novels while they sleep!


My inbox this week yielded a lovely blog post by The 4am Witer aka Kate Johnston, who I have followed for a number of years. It was about working through writer’s block, and she made some very good points. Two things that I am currently struggling with – writing anyway (write despite as Chuck Wendig says, which I talked about here), and also not letting the fear grip you and take hold.

One thing that Kate talked about though really hit home. She warned against calling it writer’s block when it was something else. I haven’t outwardly been calling my little stint in the pit of no writing a block, not even to myself, but I have been thinking that it is something outside of me that is causing it. I have blamed lack of time, stress, work, family illness, and so on for having caused my lack of energy toward my writing. And they have all certainly played a role. But, if I am being completely honest, I have to admit that the largest “block” is from within.

annetylerWhenever I am tired or stressed, I let self-doubt run rampant. I let my “what’s the point” take over my can-do attitude. I let the muse go to sleep and she is so hard to wake back up!

I have set my next book project on the back burner while we wait for the dust to settle around my husband’s change in jobs. Yet, instead of continuing to work on edits, or start the rewrites for Book #3, I have turned my back on the very thing that can help me – writing anyway.

So, now with this realization, it is time to brush myself off and get back to work. 🙂



  1. Thank you for the mention, Cheryl! Good luck to writing anyway!!

    • You’re welcome, Kate! Love your blog! And I plan on writing despite everything!!

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