© 2013 S. Stevens

I've hit my first milestone as a writer...I've endured the crippling writer's block.  The last couple of weeks, as I'm sure you can see, my writing has suffered. I couldn't concoct the simplest rhetoric, and I was growing concerned. In an attempt to break my block before my exam next week, I decided to take today off. Well, until I felt inspired again.

Today, I learned a lesson that I will never forget. I was looking in an old trunk of mine when I came across some of my old writing. And I don't mean writing from a couple of years ago, there is a story that is almost 20 years old, I was 9 when I originally wrote that particular story. I had to sit down and read my old stuff, with the expectation that I'd groan and laugh at my horrible attempts at writing. However, I was stunned...the characters in my old story are amazing, they are dynamic and colourful characters. The imagery is outstanding, and the dialogue is engrossing. There is even one part of the story when one character makes a speech, and it brought tears to my eyes!

I couldn't believe that I was 9 when I wrote this. It seemed that as a child I knew what I was to do with my life, but somewhere along the way I forgot. I became so wrapped up in the world around me that I forgot to listen to the muse inside. I stressed about finding the right career, one in which I would make enough money to live on. No wonder I could never settle on anything; no wonder nothing else seemed to fit. Up till now I had thought that I had picked writing just because it held attractive prospects for me, and I knew that I could write well, I just.....I doubted myself. I was too focused on perfection and with creating the perfect prose that fit the guidelines for school, that I forgot how to just let the words flow. I was more concerned with mechanics and grammar that I forgot how to write, I forgot how to just let go. Writing is not something that you should try and control, it needs to be turned loose in order to feel sated. When you write, you shouldn't expect to get it right the first time, it will need to be tweaked, and polished. You'd think that since I'm an editor I'd remember that. But it is hard to remember the basics when you're faced with a blank screen or a sheet of paper, and you are trying to will the words to come to you.

Now inspiration is filling me from my toes to the tips of my hair. I want to work on that story again, and incorporate two other stories into the first one. Mostly just bring the characters together, because they will all work so well together.

I am well aware that I haven't fully recovered from my block, but finding this has given me hope, and the confidence that I'll need when it comes to my exam on Tuesday.

© 2013 S. Stevens
Today I want to share with you photos from a very talented photographer. Geneieve Ferris captured these wonderful pictures of smelt spawning in a river last spring. A brilliant photographer, Geneieve was able to capture these pictures despite the bright sun that was reflecting off of the water. Great job!!



© 2013 S. Stevens