Posting Flop

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

I definitely dropped the ball last week when it came to posting. And I  had this whole series of posts in mind on platforms & new media, and a nice pile of shiny information to go along with it. Of course, Wednesday rolled around, I reached down into my pile of conference papers and found… well, nothing. What the…?

It turns out I’ve misplaced my sheets from the New Media session at Write!Canada, which I was going to use to write some brilliant (haha) & informative posts on platforms. I could try to wing it from memory, but… you guys deserve better than that. I think the best idea right now is to put the platform series on hold until I can track down my notes (oh noes, does this mean I have to clean the *shudder* office?!?!).

Until then (or until I can think of a new topic), please enjoy this quote I found several weeks back:

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at typewriter and open a vein.”
- Red Smith

No kidding! But what about those times that you sit down to write, open the vein, and come up dry? Like your lifeblood has drained out? Yikes… it’s scary, but it happens. How do you find that inspiration again when you’re drained of ideas, motivation, inspiration, or even the will to keep writing?

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4 comments so far


I keep an idea journal so I never run out of inspiration. All the time I’m working on one project, the journal is sitting there like a little security blanket, reminding me my ideas aren’t dried up!

And the more I write, the more ideas come to me. True!

August 18th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I’d love to see your work. Send it in! The contest doesn’t close until Wednesday midnight, so you still have time.

Lynnette Labelle

August 18th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I’m like Jill – I keep an idea journal. Just a document in MS Word that’s filled with potential ideas. But still….the thought (of coming up dry) is a real fear for most writers, I think. Hope you’re not experiencing it!

August 20th, 2009 at 1:44 am

Jill – That’s a great idea! I have a little booklet marked ‘ideas’ that I’ve written in now and again, but it’s never at hand when I seem to need it… :S Just this past week I ran out and grabbed a new notebook & gluestick so I can start making a scrapbook of newspaper/magazine articles that spark ideas (instead of leaving them scattered around the house in random places). Hopefully that will be more successful!

Katie – At the moment, I’m not, thankfully! Recently I went several months without any new ideas, but when I really buckled down and started writing regularly again, the ideas started flowing… the thought of being all dried up again is frightening!

August 20th, 2009 at 12:55 pm