Not A Blue Bird In Sight

A blank page sits in front of you. The sharpened point of your pencil taps against the lined paper, or that black cursor blinks at you, mocking your muse to write something readers will find entertaining. What you envision scrawled across that page and every page afterwards may be a full-length novel, a short story or just a blog post. But you’re frozen in time like a deer in the headlights of a semi-truck. Your heart pumps your blood through your veins so fast every nerve sizzles and every muscle twitches with anticipation of what will come to life in your mind and then make its way through your fingertips and on to the page.  And you know, as sure as you know the sun will set tonight that if an idea fails to spark you’ll just….

What? What will you do?

Hit your head harder against the wall?





Writing is in your blood, so relax. We all have days, weeks, and sometimes even months that the page remains blank, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a seed of an idea growing inside of you.

In this age, where everyone wants more yesterday and authors are pressured to produce several books a year, stress has risen to new levels for authors and stress does what? Makes us focus on what is causing us the stress.  So, stop focusing on not having an idea and focus on your well-being. Study craft books, read, take a class, read, critique another writer’s pages, read, have a plotting party, enjoy life and people watch… You get the idea. Feed your muse. Once you’ve done that, the words will flow.

Remember, in life, it’s the journey that counts. Enjoy it!

What are some ways you’ve fed your muse?




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18 responses to “Not A Blue Bird In Sight”

  1. Addison Fox says:

    I love this post, Autumn! The pressure to produce is strong, but so is the need to create and there are times when finding that balance is a challenge. The important thing is to recognize when you need to recharge and to TAKE the time!!!

    Thanks for the reminder!!

    • Somehow not having balance makes us feel like we’re so alone, don’t you think? We seemed to focus on those whose lives are in balance and that makes us feel even more out of it. It’s so important to recognize that we all go off kilter now and then.

  2. Liz talley says:

    Yes! Ugh, sometimes it’s just so hard. I usually force myself to step away for a while. Creating is a fickle process. Sometimes it pours and sometimes it runs from you.

    Nice reminder.

    • I usually force myself….

      We do need to force ourselves away from keyboard, or so it seems, don’t we? I often mention here that a certain way is my process. I’ve come to realize that needing to walk away from the keyboard is part of my process. I know the idea is there and it’s forming. I just need to give it time. Once it’s ready I’m back at the keyboard and work feverishly.

  3. Tamara Hogan says:

    Great timing, Autumn. Work on the WIP isn’t going very well this morning, but I filled a notebook page with thoughts about a blog post. So there’s that. 🙂

    Over the last year and a half or so, I’ve spent a lot of time seeking the comfort of old friends: the books on my keeper shelf. Right now I’m re-reading Eloisa James’s “Desperate Duchesses” series, and I think a full re-read of J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series is next on the agenda. With nearly 60 books published, I think I’ll be busy for a while! THANKS, NORA.

    • Awesome you! You recognized when you needed to step back and you still accomplished something business related.

      I’ll bet before long you’ll be back at the keyboard after reading such inspiring authors.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I spent a fair amount of time looking at a blank page this morning and letting myself get overwhelmed…like I need something else to stress me out;) I did manage to get a couple of hundred words down & find a bit of direction as to where I might need to go next. I’m glad the muses have not abandoned me…think they just got lost in the shuffle.

    Great post and great reminder…enjoy the journey. Thanks, AJ

  5. June Love says:

    Oh my goodness, just what I needed today! Staring at a blinking cursor can be paralyzing. Thanks for the reminder to just step away and do other things.

    Great post, Autumn!

  6. I’ve been wildly unproductive these last few weeks – focused on travel – but that has definitely lowered my stress levels, so hopefully it will have a good overall impact on the words! Congrats on your impending release, Autumn!!!

  7. Thanks, Autumn. We’re finally getting nice weather in Nova Scotia so I’m going to feed my muse by going for a ride. Congrats on your release tomorrow!

  8. Lenee says:

    Stress is a real creativity killer. Sometimes my bff will call and take me away somewhere just to get me out of my own head. Very often, it works.

  9. Great advice! Sometimes its best just to step away, or search online for photos to create an aesthetics board for a whole new tale.


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