Speechless.

So I want to give you all a short history lesson.

Since the official launch of The Pages of Paige last month, I have been fueled by inspiration and encouragement about making this blog a “thing”.

You know, the feeling when you’re electrified by the pursuit of a dream? That is how I’ve felt about this page (all thanks to YOU!).

Every day I’ve been full of ideas for posts and haven’t been able to put my laptop down. Nearly every night for the past few weeks, the boyfriend has had to tap me on the shoulder in the wee hours of the morning to remind me that I should probably get some shut eye for work in the morning.

But for the first time in weeks, I’m speechless. I’m at a loss for words. I feel as if I have a huge stop sign planted in my brain.

I think they call it “writer’s block”. 

Last night when I settled in for the evening, I opened my laptop as the bright screen glared me in the face. As I logged in to WordPress to craft a new post, my fingers froze. I must have been staring at a blank page for over an hour; my mind completely blank.

Speechless.

No words came to mind, no creative juices were flowing. Perhaps it was because I had a discouraging day or because I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection as we wrap up the year.

Admittedly, I’m feeling a little lost right now but writing has always been my sanctuary. But here I am, determined to hit publish.

So that’s it. I’m running out of things to say you guys. Thank you for offering me a safe place to share my life and allow you to experience my little world. I’ll leave you with this:

A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway. 

— Junot Diaz, Professor of Writing, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2008

 

What are your thoughts on sudden pause and blocks of inspiration?

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. This is really inspirational for all writers. Heaven knows, all of us have stared at a blank page so many times, hoping with all our might to put something down. Just need to realise that some days are better than others 🙂

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    1. Absolutely! It certainly happens to the best of us. But something always comes with time 🙂 I hope this post was valuable to you!

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  2. For fear of sounding like your mother…can I suggest you cut yourself some slack? You came out of the gate running and haven’t given yourself a moment to just breathe. (sorry just my opinion) You have an amazing blog that has to take a lot of work and you just added 18 things to your to do list for resolutions….take a couple days off and the ideas will come flooding again before you know it…. OR you could right about crazy people on the internet that think they know you wink wink. Have a Merry Christmas Paige. Just keep being you 🙂

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    1. You are sensational (: thank you! I’m so happy that you are loving it and I hope that I won’t miss too much if I take a day to recharge.

      I hope that you have a Merry Christmas as well 🙂 I’m so happy that this community has brought us together – I really feel like I’m a part of something meaningful with great people like you ❤ Happy holidays!

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  3. zakeeyak says:

    I agree with taking a break (I’ve been on one for ages 😁). Just write nonsense every day and eventually something interesting will come along.

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    1. Eventually right? Ha! Thanks (: I’m thinking that a good nights rest and some time with family will help me refocus and spark some great ideas!

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  4. on the level says:

    I carry a notebook and jot down ideas as they come to me. I also have my WORD open all the time and I will start a blog, title it and save it for later review. It is the only way I have gotten past the sit down and freeze in front of the monitor thing. It’s worked for me

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    1. I’m right with you about the notebook (: that always helps me gather my thoughts and ideas. Great minds think alike!

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  5. Same here.A notebook and WORD open at all times.
    Take a break, as Grace suggested. And catch up on some sleep. Get offline and have a nice and relaxing Xmas.

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    1. I always keep a notebook near by so at a moments notice I have a space to jot down my ideas.

      I plan on doing some reading, spending time with family and taking some time to recharge. I’m bringing my laptop with me just in case I get some fancy ideas going though :p

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      1. Oh you will, don’t you worry. Besides, you just wrote a post practically about nothing. Not many people can do that. So, I wouldn’t call it writer’s block, just exhaustion. Enjoy holidays honey and talk to you soon.

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      2. Thank you sugar 🙂 Sending hugs through the screen. Have a wonderful holiday and we’ll chat soon ❤️

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  6. My only piece of advice: Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. I used to be worried about the deadlines I set for myself, because I heard so much about consistency—— but I’m learning that I prefer Quality 🙂 You set your own standard.

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  7. My favorite thing to remind myself, and everyone else who hits the occasional and obligatory block, is something Ernest Hemingway famously once said:

    “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

    And then, once you’ve done that, write another.

    I don’t have to tell you that though, Paige, because as I followed along on your entry I see you’ve already figured it out. 😉

    Looks like I’m going to have to go scrolling back and taking a look at what else you’ve had to say – when the spirit moved you – because, frankly, your speechlessness was downright inspiring. 😊

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    1. Aww thank you Tom! I can tell we’re going to be great friends because I love a good quote 🙂 thank you for taking a look around and I hope you stay a while!

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  8. Take break.. eat a kitkat. Give life some space and it will come to you !

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    1. Ha! I sure will 🙂 thank you sweetie.

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  9. Sometimes your brain needs a rest to replenish the creative juices. I know the feeling of being compelled to write something amazing everyday. It’s ok to let posts marinate for a day or two before giving more. Keep a little something in reserve for you.

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    1. Absolutely. I think that I just need to take a deep breath and let the ideas come to me. I’m sure that with some rest and quality time with my family for the holidays, I’ll be coming back swinging!

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you sweet friend. I am so honored and unbelievably humbled by your nomination.

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      1. toinspireus says:

        You are more than welcome. I just love the realness your page displays to readers.

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  10. Gila Daman says:

    When people tell me I’m a good writer, I say it’s not writing I’m doing, it’s more like my heart is sending me words and I am writing them down. I write when the thoughts, words, and emotions come and I don’t write when they don’t. I relate to what you said about some days/weeks having non-stop creativity and ideas and others’ less so. it is a very natural, intuitive, unforced process. Best of luck with your blog!

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    1. You hit the nail right on the head, my friend! You are exactly right, and that’s where I am right now. My mind is taking a little break. I appreciate your kind words and I’m so grateful that you’re enjoying the blog. Please stick around and make yourself right at home ❤

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