Giveth and Taketh

“I believe that inspiration will always try its best to work with you–but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed choose to leave you and to search for a different human collaborator…This is how it comes to pass that one morning you open up the newspaper and discover that somebody else has written your book [or blog post!]…or in any way whatsoever manifested some spark of inspiration that you’d had…but had never entirely cultivated…Therefore, the idea went hunting for a new partner.”

–Elizabeth Gilbert , Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Oh, how much I do believe the truth of this. I posted absolutely nothing between late November and early February.  NOTHING.

It’s not that I did not have any ideas. I had plenty. But they all just came at odd times.

  • Hurrying down the stairs to catch a train.
  • Hands deep into slicing up meat to make a stew.
  • In the midst of teaching a class.
  • In a meeting with my boss.
  • and so on and so on…

Each time I said to myself things like “I’ll remember”, “I’ll work on it as soon as I finish_____”

Each time it was gone by the time I procured pen and paper. By God do you understand the frustration of knowing you had a great thought, an excellent lyric at the tip of your tongue, but now it’s gone can’t spit it out? I did this one time too many and the dearth of posts between November and February was my muse punishing me.

I have not seen my thoughts ideas elsewhere, at least not any can remember/recognize  lol, so at least I felt Muse has not totally given up on me, I just had to bide me time in the purgatory known as writers block. I am happy to say, Muse has decided to give me another chance and I’ve been a busy little these past couple of weeks.

I’m not messing with her again.


Let’s see how others are slicing up their Day Two….


Slice of Life Challenge Day 2| Two Writing Teachers

4 thoughts on “Giveth and Taketh

  1. My thing is , “I’ll remember that and write about it next Tuesday.” As you can imagine, Tuesday comes and I have totally forgotten what it was I was going to write about. In my case, I just chalk it up to old age.

  2. Hi- I resonate with your claim. My muse shows up after my own kids do something funny or outrageous. I say, “I’ve got to write that down!” or “I’ll remember.” I loved the Gilbert quote. I need to open my journal and keep the memories alive.

  3. I understand and feel your frustration. I love to write. I want to write. But I resist. I find other activities to fill the space. So I committed to writing daily for 31 days, maybe my muse will return.

So? What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s