"I don't need to manufacture trauma in my life to be creative. I have a big enough reservoir of sadness or emotional trauma to last me."-- Sting
Yep. Me and Sting. But sometimes, particularly in autumn, the sadness presents a daunting challenge to my writing, to my creativity. The early morning light disappears, the air chills, the garden dies, and difficult memories threaten to drag me down into a dark, gloomy, unproductive place.
Any of you ever been there? If so, you have my sympathy.
This week I've been thinking hard about what helps me write through the deep blues. Here's my list:
*Lots of naps
*Binge novel reading
*Writing with emotional honesty
*A regular writing routine with attainable goals
*Reaching out for encouragement from my writing community
What about you? Do you ever struggle to write through the blues? What helps? Please feel free to add to my list in your comments.