Gennita Low's Writing Muse needs a voice now and then to remind Gennita about her love for writing and her battle with words. It's a dark world illuminated by the glow of creation. The Muse is that light. Sometimes she sleeps. Sometimes she's ferocious. Often she patiently waits. Pst. Never ignore her. Feed the Muse or else.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Dream Car Isn't Running Well

Today's writing block is about being one lap down. Sometimes two. It's very hard to stay focus where everyone else's is ahead of you having a great time being "in" the race. Okay, so you think you're focused, but I know, deep down, you're thinking about all the problems that could be plaguing your "engine."

What is wrong with me?

Why can't I write faster?

Why am I going backwards?

What is wrong with me?

Who are these people flying by?

How do I keep up?

What is wrong with me?

It's even more difficult when everyone is giving you solutions that worked for them, but somehow, not for you. Take a break, let the Muse rest (I'm well-rested and gently leading you back, hopefully). Write something else (yes, those other stories are now too damn tantalizing, aren't they? I apologize). Pray (I'm praying too, because I feel you're in need of higher faith).

You know what's more important? That you don't give up. It's your race and you will get to the end, even if it's a few laps down this time. Giving up out of frustration will come back to haunt you, makes you fear what you love, and take away your self-esteem. Better to grit your teeth, look ahead, and go for the best finish you can till the next pitstop.

You never know. We might figure out the problem with your "engine" on the next pitstop. Don't be distracted by the speed and power of others. Your driving skills are fine, or you wouldn't be in this race in the first place.