Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Writer’s Block: Moving Through a Funk

I’ve had a pretty bad case of writer’s block for the last few months…

Okay, okay, if I’m being honest, this block has been present for almost a year now.

Overcoming this mess has inspired me to start a series about how to overcome this mess. I firmly believe that there are multiple reasons for this irritating plight and I’d like to address them in hopes that if you’re reading this and need some inspiration, I can hook you up. After an enlightening conversation last night, I do believe that the main cause of writer’s block starts with your circumstances.

But first, let’s start at the beginning…

A lot has happened in a very short amount of time and it has taken me awhile to sort through it all mentally and emotionally speaking. Actually, I still am sorting through much of it.

Confession:

I have not been very kind to myself lately. As a type-A, driven self-starter, this place of limbo has been a very strange place to be and it feels like I’ve been here fooooorrrreeevver (okay, maybe that is a slight overstatement, but you get the idea).

There has been a lot of negative self talk. I keep telling myself to quit being a baby and do what needs to be done. I’ve believed that if I just sucked it up long enough, the need to write and create would just reappear and I’d be back to work. But that kind of self-talk has produced ZERO results.

Sure there have posts here and there, but nothing consistent and I feel like I’ve just been saying the same thing over and over again. It’s been frustrating.

*…enter the enlightening conversation…*

I was chatting with some new friends last night. They helped me understand me that there has been a great deal of trauma in my life. Trauma changes a person in a very deep way. and my heart and head need time to catch up. These ladies encouraged to take a breath, take a step back and give myself permission to take things slowly and get to know the new me.

Maybe some of you can relate.

Have you had some junk throw you off course and now you are struggling to find your way back? Have you been in a funk lately; a “writer’s block” of sorts? Do things just feel “blah”? Are you frustrated because you really do want to bring your creativity back to life, but you just don’t know how? If so, I would say that you are primed for a really amazing transformation.

But listen, take my new friends’ advice… Be gentle on yourself. Don’t try to rush through the transition. Take things as they come, be grateful for each moment and give yourself permission to go slowly. Most importantly, rest assured that you are not alone on this journey. We are in this together!

Finally, trust that the Father really will work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). When this transition is over, you will absolutely love the person you become through it.

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