It has been a busy week in the Cyzewski household. No, we’re not training our rabbits for the House Rabbit Olympics.
That’s in the summer.
I’m approaching a couple of deadlines and so is my wife. Everything is a bit more hands on deck. And then last night I had this idea that sort of took over my mind. I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but when I have an idea for something I want to write, it becomes almost impossible to think about anything else.
It’s like, “Oh man, I could write about this hilarious situation, and then there’s ANOTHER hilarious thing that could happen after that!”
I need to scratch it all down or I’ll forget my ideas and spend the following day hating myself.
So I spent a good deal of yesterday brainstorming when I wasn’t working on my typical daily writing load. I stayed up late.
And you know what, today, I don’t have it. I don’t hate myself for squandering a few ideas, but I certainly don’t have it in me to write the kind of blog post I usually want to share.
Some days that’s OK.
I mean, if one post every week was an explanation for why I wasn’t posting, that would be super lame. I don’t want to make this a trend.
However, I think this is important to discuss at least once because if you’re hoping to do any kind of regular writing you’ll have these days where everything comes gushing out and you need to catch it all before you lose it. However, you can’t have a gusher every day.
So today I’m feeling a bit spent. It’s like my brain is recovering from a marathon.
As writers we spend so much time fearing that we’ll lose the magic. It’s like we fear that moment when we sit down and nothing comes out. “Have I lost it?”
Lost is too strong a word. Some days you have it, some days you don’t, and some days you need to work hard to find it.
If you want to write regularly without losing your mind, recognizing each of these three scenarios is vital in maintaining your sanity. I could try to push through today and write what I had planned, but some days you just need to wave the white flag of surrender.
It’s just one day. I’ll be back tomorrow, even if I need to push through to make it there.
How do you know when to give yourself a free pass and when to push through in your writing?