My intention to take a short break after the election turned into another in a long line of blog abandonments. What is this the third or fourth one? With so much going on in the world it’s hard to imagine I had nothing to say. That wasn’t the case. I just couldn’t say it in writing.
Writer’s block may not be the best description of my situation. Early in my absence I wrote. I wrote a lot actually. I just didn’t like anything I wrote. My Google Drive account is littered with ill-conceived pieces and half written junk. I wrote what I thought was a thoughtful piece on gun control and then when I read it I realized I couldn’t post it due to its general awfulness. Editing couldn’t save that thing from itself.
That piece, along with all the other junk I produced during my blue period, will stay in the archives. Unless when I die my kids decided to milk my writing for all it’s worth to keep this highly unprofitable blog going.
Writers I respect and enjoy encourage hacks in my situation to write out of a slump. Ha! Every day they’d tweet about accountability and getting your pages in. If they saw the garbage I was producing they’d encourage me never to write again and stop tagging onto their hallowed profession.
Seriously, it was that bad. It was bad enough that I stopped writing months ago and had an extended debate about shutting the site down altogether.
What changed? I dunno. I realized I didn’t want to give up. I missed writing. I missed the stimulating back and forth with my reader. So I’m back and hopefully for a long time.
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