For a while after finishing college I seemed to have lost my creative fuel and motivation when it came to writing. Since I had so many other things going on, what with trying to figure out how to be an “adult”, I did not put much thought or worry into the fact that I no longer wrote. I figured it was probably a natural progression of things, and if I had the urge I would just start writing again. My biggest error was in not acknowledging the amount of creative stimulation I was surrounded by in school, and the fact that my own creative ability needed to be fed regularly.
I know that some people have the discipline to get up every morning and utilize a scheduled writing time, every day, whether they are in the mood for it or not. Though this method is not for me, I definitely see the value in it, and it sure beats ignoring your craft for years as I did. While in school I had the constant creative energy of writing workshops and discussions, arguments about politics and life and eternity. Upon graduation I abruptly found myself without this constant fodder and instead of actively seeking it out I just let writing fade out. My other problem was that because my main writing outlet had been poetry I never actually tried to branch out into other styles. If I wasn’t writing poetry then I was just not meant to be writing at the time. I know, I know stupid.
The beauty of all of this, the blog and now reading the book, is that it has a snowball effect, I am now looking into taking a one day food writing workshop with one of my favorite local bloggers Garrett McCord of Vanilla Garlic, and seeing what else is out there. Hopefully, more books on the subject will start coming out, and there will be more workshop in my area. Though none of it will compare to the pleasure and privilege of spending large portions of my days on writing and talking about writing as I got to while in college, I am thrilled to have the act of writing back into my life. For those of you that write, what do you do to keep the wheels constantly moving?
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