Thursday, 6 December 2012

Some days, when I write it feels like the entire universe is working with me, throwing ideas at me like debris in a meteor storm. Some days, like this morning, I feel like I'm in a lead lined box a mile under the earth and I can't find a shred of clarity.

It's days like today when I know that i'm meant to write. At four in the morning, reading and re-reading that same sentence fifteen times should drive me to the point of insanity. I think taking a break is really important, but I also feel that if the breaks are coming before I've even started, then something is up.

Writing today was hard, but with perseverence I ended up a little further along than I would have done if I'd walked away and waited for my inspiration.

I think it's important to keep going and not panic. Everything works out as it's supposed to.

I also found out today that I didn't get shortlisted for a competition that I entered. I'm gutted that I didn't make the shortlist, if I wasn't I would be worried, I think feeling sad about rejection is okay, I think it's what I do in response to it, and tomorrow I will write like I do every day. I feel pumped for tomorrow. I will get up at five in the morning and get back on with editing the chapter that has been holding me back.


  1. HI Michael,

    Yes, this is all very familiar to me... I have just started writing again after a long break (about 7 years, actually), and I am determined to really commit myself to my writing. I have missed it dreadfully, but I have 2 small children and finding the time and the focus is tough. But I am doing it!

    I also get up at ungodly hours in the morning to do some writing, and I am training myself to be positive and keep focus. And like you, I am working to surround myself with supportive people and fellow writers - so here I am, for you, to encourage you to keep going ;)

  2. Hi,

    Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting. Thank you the encouragement.

    I will be sure to check out your blog and it's great to connect with you because I find writing can be so solitary that it's easy to lose perspective. I look forward to reading your work.