It seems simple enough. Keep writing!
However, after a decade of writing, I can tell you that nothing in writing is simple. There are times that it will be hard to write or even try to form the right words together so that they will flow smoothly. Keep writing!
There will be days where the muse speaks to you loud and clear, and you can do nothing else but write. Keep writing!
There are times you will feel depressed, discouraged or even defeated. Keep writing!
Happiness, joy, comfort, inspiration and motivation will keep bringing you back to the keyboard. Keep writing!
Sometimes, life circumstances get in the way, or your survival instincts kick in and you are laser-focused on trying to make another day work. Keep writing!
Even when you feel like throwing in the towel and give up on this dream of being a writer… KEEP WRITING!
No matter what the situation may be or where you are at in the writing process, it is more important than ever to keep writing. If you are struggling with writer’s block, grab a journal or two and write about your struggles. Whine to your heart’s content, if you must. If you are struggling to even put words to paper, free write. Write the first word that comes to mind, and then the next word, and then the next, and soon you will begin writing phrases. It may be silly nonsense at first, but you are still writing. By doing these two things, you will encourage your brain to continue the thinking process that we writers need to write.
I took a hit at writing when my son was born premature. It was clear that survival instincts kicked in. I was hyper-focused on my son’s survival, and my need to help him thrive. My husband took to social media to share the news with our friends and family. One of our friends knew exactly what to say. She told me to keep writing.
I tried the journal thing, but couldn’t. So, I went to social media and wrote about my son’s progress, instead. Later, after he came home from the hospital, and we moved into our new home, I attempted to put pen to paper. I discovered that my hormones did a number on my brain and made my writings fragmented. At the time, my writings made sense to me even though they felt a bit off. Looking back, I can see that I struggled to get a clear, organized and concise thought down on paper. But, I still wrote.
It has been five years since, and I am still writing and creating. It may not take you as long as it has taken me to get back into the flow, but if you keep writing, it will come back to you. Writers are born with the words flowing through their veins. Those words haven’t left us and are always ready to come out. We just need to lift that pen and put them on paper; no matter how disorganized they may be. Keep writing!