You’re a smart and practical person. You see the problem: You’re not writing enough. Or not publishing enough.
The solution is simple, right? Write more. Publish more. Duh.
This solution often results in a vicious cycle. The call to write appears as a constant-yet-quiet thought in the back of your mind. Then it gets louder and more urgent. You
may start checking out — watching TV, eating, distracting yourself with other things — to try to numb the rising discomfort. In the worst cases, you may be entirely shut down or feeling generalized anxiety and creative desperation.
In the next phase, you think “This has gotta stop! Today is the day I take action!” phase. You get your back to work. You may even be at the writer’s bench, bench pressing words like a power lifter.
In the final phase, you find you’re back in a slump again. Again! This often results in a serious funk where you wonder “WTF is wrong with me?!?!”
The problem is, the problem isn’t actually what you think.
You aren’t the problem. Not writing and not publishing aren’t the problems. These are symptoms. It’s not as easy to identify the sources of our problems because they lurk in the subconscious as writing goblins. Yet we blame ourselves, unaware we actually have a goblin problem.
We must vanquish these goblins to get lasting results. That why Practical Magic for Writers: Genius! focuses on the writer’s mind and how to get the creative magic to flow –inspiration, curiosity, reflection, and wisdom. Together, we write to make magic, and make magic to get more writing. It’s pretty awesome.
Join me for a FREE webinar that will help you start to get rid of those writing goblins. If you can’t watch the webinar live, sign-up and you’ll be sent a link to replay to watch whenever it suits you. Attending live lets me answer your questions. You can also email me for help.
MARYA SUMMERS has studied the magical principles of creativity to aid herself and those she teaches. For more than 20 years, she has taught creative writing and essay writing at colleges, universities, and community organizations, including at Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art where she was Poet-in-Residence. She has published hundreds of essays and articles and published and performed her poetry on stages across the country including National Poetry Slam and was published in Freedom to Speak, an anthology of National Poetry Slam’s best poetry. A long-time resident of South Florida, she founded and coached the Delray Beach Poetry Slam at Dada, now in its 17th year, and helped launch the annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, now in its 13th year. She now lives in Southern California with her familiar, a three-legged black cat named Oliver.