Where did the writer go?

My life is not my own right now. My schedule has blown up, NaNoCleMo is on my back, and I have a lot of writing decisions clanging around in my head. What’s missing from my life is any real writing. No stories, no poems, no progress on the next novel. Nothing.

It’s weird. I’m not at all sure I’m me. I think I’m a clone. The real me couldn’t make her NaNoCleMo goal last year because she couldn’t keep away from the keyboard. Weird me is right on track this year. The problem is not writer’s block. It’s more like writer’s amnesia—or maybe not.

Maybe the real me is on writer’s retreat. Yeah, that’s it. Let this pseudo Linda take care of the several important tasks needing completion by the end of the month. Then she can go away and let real Linda return—with all the fabulous writing she’ll undoubtedly compile while away.

But let’s hope the clone presently in charge comes up with a better blog post next time. It’s the least she can do.


35 thoughts on “Where did the writer go?

  1. Darling photo that illustrates your “clone” theory. Ha!

    I don’t know why sometimes I have a lull in my desire to write. I try forcing it, but it doesn’t work. Waiting seems to bring a resurgence, a rebirth, of creativeness, as though seeds that were lying beneath the surface of the ground suddenly sprout.

    Your post is a good one for writers. Blessings to you…


    1. I don’t think it’s a lull in desire so much as not being able to focus. I’m just bouncing around physically and mentally, not accomplishing a whole lot. I’d like to say maybe next month will be calmer, but I know it won’t with Christmas preparations. January maybe?


  2. The strange weird me appeared a couple months back and I wondered what I had done with the writer me. I was frustrated with the piece I had been writing and wasn’t sure where to go from there. Luckily, I found my way after a week or so. I started back into writing slowly and I’m finally back to my good old writing self.

    I enjoyed your blog; it’s good to know I’m not the only one who goes through writing lulls.


  3. I just noticed the date on your November Cleanup Month was 2009! And now I see you did not meet your goal in that department last year.

    But I was inspired anyway, or maybe having to stay indoors more makes cleaning up more necessary as I am not liking spiders and cobwebs in the house.

    Here’s my best cleaning inspiration: schedule the carpet cleaners, and move all the portable stuff on to shelves or into your kitchen, and the remaining dirt will provoke some response. Have a cleaning party, give firm direction to spouse and kids, or maybe hire house cleaners too!

    For writers though, clearing the dirt and dust improves the feng shui, the movement of chi through your environment. You can’t lose with clearing the clutter. It doesn’t take 5000 minutes. While you’re moving stuff around, turn your desk so you face east where you sit, and bring a plant into your room with up-pointing leaves.

    This worked wonders for me, so I would be interested to know if it works for others.


    1. Are you participating in NaNoCleMo this year, Mary? I will meet my NaNoCleMo goal this year partly because I chose a more feasible goal and partly because I’m not drawn away to write. *sigh*

      Ha ha, I hate to let anyone help me clean because that cuts down on MY minutes. 😀

      I’d like to rearrange my office, but I couldn’t turn my desk facing east because I have a desktop PC with a corded modem, and if I stretched the cable across the floor that would surely result in a physical disaster. The best I could do is face south. I might be able to manage the plant.


  4. Linda, this time of year is ALWAYS a toughie–even when a project is going full-steam, I think…any chance another batch of queries might get the juices flowing again? Remind me where you are at with those…If memory serves you were reworking one in particular, yes?


    1. Yes. I did finish my query rewrite and sent out another batch. Waiting.

      I need to clarify a couple writing related issues, complete a couple portraits, meet my cleaning goal, and THEN my writer’s brain will re-engage and I’ll pick up where I left off on the new novel.


  5. You’ll be fine. Keep moving forward, a little at a time. If you need to avoid they keyboard, then avoid it. There’s always the sunshine, or the park, or the beach, or some lovely trees to wander through to get your equilibrium back.

    You’ll stop obsessing about it eventually and find your balance again.


  6. Oh I can relate. I’ve had my “inner writer” go on an extended cruise without notice and leave me struggling to put a paragraph together. Eventually I end up finding something to delete from my mix and can get my focus back. It is a hard balance at times. With NaHoCleMo, I’m having the opposite results – tons of writing, next to nil cleaning. I’ll have to lock myself between my bedroom and home office this weekend to get those bookcases organized. 😦


    1. Good luck on the bookcase project. I’m just taking the rest of the year a day at a time. I have a general schedule of tasks to complete, but writing may not be one of them. I’m not worried. It just feels weird that I’m not worried. 🙂


  7. Yesterday I woke up and realized I’d forced myself to write every word for the last month. Zee mojo, he has gone…

    But then I woke up today and zee mojo, he is back.

    He comes and goes, he swims when it snows.
    From whence he comes, no one knows.



  8. Great picture, post, and comments. I especially love John’s comment.

    I could be fooling myself, but I’m a big believer that even though I might not be typing away at a story or a novel, ideas are still taking root or gestating or are on the verge.

    Still, I know what you mean. One thing that fired me up recently was a four-hour workshop full of quick writing prompts. I walked away with a whole list of new story ideas.

    Hang in there and look at the bright side: a clean house 🙂


    1. Absolutely, Christi. I’m pretty much always writing, even in my dreams lately. I compose poems or plot stories or write dialogue while showering, driving, cooking, cleaning, staring at the TV. Writing is truly a full-time occupation.

      You were born for writing prompts, Christi. They paralyze me.

      A clean house? Yeah, nice, but I’d trade that in an instant for a killer novel idea. 😉


  9. I’ve had that clone feeling a lot lately. Writer me is definitely taking a backseat at the moment, though I would love to have more time to write.
    At least you know it’ll be back. I guess that’s a sign of a ‘real’ writer (that term always cracks me up lol).


  10. Just getting back to the party. I think your active writing mind needs a bit of a rest, which it’s getting now. When you are ready to get back to it, I will bet that those ideas that are bubbling around in your subconscious — or that you’ll come up with by concentrating on the rest of your life — will enrich your next efforts more than you can imagine!


    1. I wish it had been resting, Natasha. Instead it was working overtime on some writing related issues, but now it’s twisted itself into a knot and given me a headache. Stepping away. I have dates with Jhumpa Lahiri and Joyce Carol Oates. 😉


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