When I started following more writing blogs I hoped it would lead to greater inspiration in my own writing. Instead, I find myself reading about writing a WHOLE LOT MORE than I am actually doing any writing….. about anything at all.
All the fascinating posts other people write about the process of writing- both fiction and non-fiction- have totally captivated me. Now, all the time I have for writing is spent reading what others write. And my own projects have totally been placed on the back burner.
And yet somehow, I am less inspired than ever. How did that happen?!?!??!
I am afraid one can spend too much time studying one’s art and not enough time actually practicing it. I'm afraid I have fallen into this trap and now I am over analyzing every word that comes into my mind. Writing has felt like just one more tedious duty on the long list of things I must do.
This weekend, Tim and I are attending our Teams of Our Lady couples retreat. I pray the time away will benefit our marriage, of course, since that is what it is all about, but I hope it will give me time to reflect on other things as well.
I hope there will be an opportunity to just sit with my thoughts for a while. I really think I need to take a time-out from the busyness of life and sort out my priorities. I need to find a way to fit in all that I have going on in life—the really important things like prayer, parenting, home schooling, and home making, and then all the other things I juggle too- like blogging, fiction writing, marketing my completed novel, editing my 2nd novel, etc…...