When a Writer Stops
I have written daily since the age of seven or thereabouts.
Whether it was a poorly crafted haiku or a simple short story, the words needed to flow. My hands were a conduit, the pen (or keyboard) — a vessel — the paper and eventually the computer, a means to one end before I picked up another beginning.
And then one day not too long ago, I stopped. Or at the very least, the words dried up.
My words, my prolificacy had reached a precipice that I likened to a blood clot, best left alone and undisturbed.
Walking away was hard.
And while I heard the echo of my former writing self regularly, I simply could not return to where I had been but rather, intentionally allowed the words and thoughts and barrage of emotions to settle again into a place where they could flow as they always had.
This break, much like the one I took prior to my latest professional reinvention, allowed me the space to grow into, rather than fight against.
In the quieter moments since then, I have consistently observed colleagues and fellow writers racing to pen the next Amazon best seller, blogging until they bleed in the name of SEO, tossing out grammatical barbs as if they are a badge of armor, pimping posts and posits and perspectives and positions.
It’s exhausting to watch ‘content’ become king where everyone is vying to do its bidding regardless of the quality.How can 'content' be king when everyone is vying to do its bidding? #purebloggingClick To Tweet
Quantity, it appears, is Queen and together with content, it rules the day.
When Danny Brown first challenged the journey that blogging (and in my mind, writing) has taken and simultaneously announced a return to its purest form, I felt as though the words could flow again.
Without prior restraints of deadlines, schedules and even editors, I felt free to be who and what I’ve always been – a writer.
Finally, this writer has found a new home; pure, unadulterated, genuine, real.
Time to reconsider the path.
Kaarina August 22, 2015 at 9:09 am
Beautifully stated. Beautifully written. We are kindred spirits on this.
My last blog post was in December, entitled “When the Muse Takes a Hiatus”. It was at that point that I needed to figure out what I really wanted to do/share/write. I’m happy that I and my muse took that hiatus, because it brought my focus back to writing for the joy of writing down what was bursting to come out. It’s a new chapter for me as I create a space online for my writing, photography, poetry and musings.
So happy to be back to “me”. Cheers!
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm
The space is what was missing most. I was writing without it and consistently felt smothered. Cheers and welcome back to you!
Maggie McGary August 22, 2015 at 9:48 am
Beautiful Liz, and exactly the way I’ve been feeling about “content” for a while.
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Sometimes I want to run away from it. But taking a break is often equally satisfying. Glad that you enjoyed my soul baring!
Frank Dickinson August 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Excellent stuff Liz. I’ve been away for a while now. This makes me think it might be time to return. Thanks for the inspiration.
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm
Thanks so much Frank! If my words or experience inspires only one person, that alone is worth the price of admission!
Danny Brown August 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm
How much do I love this message! In fact, it could almost be the official mantra for Pure Blogging.
It’s heartening to see people wanting to go back to where it was just about the words, and no other reason but to (hopefully) entertain.
Here’s to more of this – cheers!
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm
Without you, Danny, there might not be a need for a mantra! Thanks for the space!
Mark-John Clifford August 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm
Perfectly stated. When I first met Danny it was over a talk about pure blogging. I felt that this could be something wonderful and exciting.
Reading your post makes me believe that no matter what, this is what blogging is all about. Forget the numbers, SEO and whatever else the pros look for. Let’s write to write.
Because in the end isn’t that why we write, to write?
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm
Let’s write to write! I love that, Mark-John. Many of us have gotten away from the purity.
Mark-John Clifford August 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm
Thanks Liz. I believe what Danny has started is going to be a revolution of sorts in the blogging community. As long as we embrace it and support this style of blogging, we may be able to get others to follow suit and join in the fun.
Danny Brown August 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm
Cheers, mate – it’s been very cool, I won’t lie, to see this project get the response it has so far. That says a lot about the mindset around the current chase for social shares, etc, and the desire to read (and present) more.
Here’s to the shift.
Corinne Rodrigues August 23, 2015 at 8:01 am
I’ve been relooking at my content too, Liz. While I love writing on my blog very regularly, I felt I was beginning to write for others, rather than as a way to express the real me! I’m so glad that Danny has kicked Pure Blogging off!
Joshua Wilner August 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm
I relate to this, oh how I do. I have had multiple blogs for a long while because they all served multiple purposes but I found the one I linked here to sometimes be the most difficult to write for because it was supposed to provide insight into my “professional skills.”
That made me more cautious about what I would publish and prevented me from just writing because I was concerned about the impact it might have.
After a while I had enough and decided I had to start writing as I wished or just give it up. The freedom that came with that was/is invigorating.
Liz Scherer August 23, 2015 at 7:41 pm
I am excited to reach the point of reinvigoration Joshua. I know that having the freedom to express oneself is such a privilege. Cheers.
Wendy August 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm
Such a pleasure to see your words; you always put them together so beautifully – this really resonates. xo
Liz Scherer August 24, 2015 at 6:34 am
What a kind thing to say, Wendy. I know that you understand.
Kit August 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm
Oh – I have tears in my eyes! #HUGSS
Thank you for a frank assessment of your dreams and desires….