When You Hit Bottom
Below is an entry from guest contributor Doraine Bennett’s blog.
Some days you just hit bottom. You look at the rambling, unfocused thoughts in your journal, the half-finished or just-begun-but-abandoned manuscripts filling the folders on your computer, the unrevised poems for that collection you thought was such a good idea and wonder what you have to offer that hasn’t already been said, done, written, or sung. And you come up with an answer that looks like the bottom of a peanut butter jar scraped with a spatula.
So what do you do? Read a book, watch a movie, eat a box of vanilla wafers (without the peanut butter, of course), the whole box. Anything but stare into that empty jar.
But eventually you have to confront the lie. You have to look at yourself and say, “That’s not true.” You have to begin again to speak the truth to yourself. Bulgaria . You are a writer because you love to write, you love the words, you love the stories, the sounds, the syntax.
And you open a new file or turn the page in your journal and begin again, because if you don’t, you’ll be miserable, because you’re a writer. Like it or not. That’s the truth.