An Arch And A Block

Arches National Park - Double Arches by

There’s much on my mind and in my heart today, but the words won’t come out right. I’ve been writing and deleting all day, with my voice refusing to become clear. So here are words explaining my block, and a photo from Arches National Park, where I spent last weekend. I’m afraid it’s all I have to offer today.

How do you honor your writing blocks? Do you push until something takes form? Or do you rest, giving yourself time without pressure? I’d love to talk with you in the comments section below.

8 Replies to “An Arch And A Block”

  1. I think that we sometimes expect too much of ourselves, so a break may be the answer… for a bit. But, your voice and your words are important to many, especially yourself, so I hate that you are silenced. Perhaps you are expecting too much and should just write, even if the words aren’t exactly what you wish. Love you and your words SO much.

    1. I definitely have a perfectionist streak that keeps me silent. I also have a short attention span which is making things difficult for now. Love you too, and thank you for your words. <3

  2. I’ve been drawing my feelings the last few days. The words are there, but they’re jumbled and when they surface they just don’t make sense. What does make sense is far too raw to share. I’m not sure I’m ready to be quite that open. So I guess what I’m saying is: Me too.

    1. Me too is the best, Cyn. Thank you for that. I know this is a very difficult week for you, and I’m glad you’re processing it through drawing. I’m with you.

  3. I try to write something intelligible or take a reasonably decent photo of something, even if not for public view. That keeps me moving forward even if I’m not up to writing or photographing anything I would care to publish. Or, do what you did here and keep it short and simple. Back off the pressure, but keep moving forward.

    1. I like your suggestion to keep it short and simple as a way of reducing pressure. Thank you, Steven. I have been writing in my journal daily, and even those words are mish-mashed. But the pen is still moving. I’ll trust the process.

  4. Angie, I know it’s hard when words just get stuck or jumbled but at least your pen is still hitting paper and that is good, even if it doesn’t reach here. I know this will pass and your words will flow, but in the meantime, don’t pressure yourself too much xxxx

    1. Thank you, sweet Jane. I appreciate hearing that reminder this morning as my head is full of poems that won’t trickle down into my fingers. <3 XO

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