Advice, Tips, Writing

Perhaps I am a loaf of bread

“I am raining down in pieces. I am scattering like light.”

That quote is from Suzanne Vega’s song “Small Blue Thing” which I rediscovered while sorting my CDs. And it perfectly describes my current state of mind. I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on anything. The least thing distracts me. I am scattered in pieces.

bread This is a state of emptiness, I think. A time to refill, to soak in, to expand and solidify. This feeling reminds me of a familiar process. Usually, three times a week, I make bread. I mix the flours, water, salt, yeast, and oil and I knead it, let it rise, punch it down, let it rise again, form it into a loaf, let it rise once more, and then bake. When that loaf is eaten, I start the process over.

You can try to hurry the bread-making process—knead it less, skip a rising—but you won’t get the beautiful loaf you expect. Right now, I am scattered. I am in the ingredients stage. I need to be patient and let the “magic” happen.

20 thoughts on “Perhaps I am a loaf of bread”

  1. I go through this about once a month. It’s not specifically related to writing, but impacts it greatly. I feel as if I’m a snake trying to shed its skin – I’m writhing in discomfort. Arrgh.

    But your post reminds me (because I’m going through it at this moment – I couldn’t write my poem yesterday) that it will pass. Thank you.


    1. You’re welcome. I’m trying not to be impatient, but right now, as the sun is sinking low, the world outside my window has turned golden, and yet all I can think of is, my feet are cold. I do so desire a rush of excellent words.


  2. I love homemade bread. I’m in the “must not rush” phase too. I’ve learned something about this industry in general: That is their theme. “Must not rush”. I think it’s their way of making sure we’re sane before they publish us. If we can survive this process without pulling our hair out, they reward us. 🙂


  3. I love this: This is a state of emptiness, I think. A time to refill, to soak in, to expand and solidify.

    I, too, am in a fairly constant state of distraction. When I read that line, my whole body relaxed. It’s a much better way to look at it than, “j, seriously, someone needs to save you from yourself.”

    Patience. Okay… (thanks!)


    1. I’m happy you found something worthwhile in the post. From time to time–okay, nearly every day–I need to remind myself of the steps in the process. I just miss waking up every morning excited to work on my novel.


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