State of Mind

state-of-mind-smallIt’s not writer’s block. But there’s this thing … this crazy thing that sometimes happens to the state of a writer’s mind, and you know, without knowing how you know, that your writing–if you do it right now–will not be … right. Sometimes it’s because you’re too tired, or too busy, or in love, or falling out of love, having too much sex, or not enough. Or it might be because the dry cleaner told you your clothes would be ready on Wednesday and you got there and they weren’t.

I’m not kidding–the state of a writer’s mind is a delicate thing. A part of me thinks we’re all half-crazy anyway, living our most significant lives in our heads while others live them in the “real world”.  In that ‘head-world’ of ours, things have to be just so, the balance has to be just right for the words to come.

I know when my balance is off. I know when the words will be wrong, so I’ve learned to just let it alone and not panic. You see, while all other things may be in flux, one thing is certain about the state of the writer’s mind — no matter what, no matter how long it takes, it will always, eventually, finally, relentlessly, seek to … create.

That’s all.


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16 thoughts on “State of Mind

  1. Nia! It was for me to read this today! I’ve been going through that for a while now and I was wondering if I was the only one who experienced this. Writer’s block is a monster in that the ideas, the flow is stagnant. This phenomenon though, it’s ike the ideas are there but the words seem to be locked in this limbo sort of state. It’s frustrating enough but then panic ensues. I used to tumble through the emotional spectrum when I went through bouts of this and start to wonder if the words would ever come (because the ideas never stopped) but now, much like when I go through writer’s block, I take a moment, breathe and realize that if the words won’t come today, there is always tomorrow.

  2. Well said. It would be a crime for you to force ideas that are just not flowing naturally from that creative mind of yours. As a loyal fan, I have no problems with waiting patiently for your next book because I know it will not disappoint. As a matter of fact I have been re-reading your other books and right now I am in the middle of “Secrets” and enjoying it all over again.

  3. I am right there with you. You know it’s wrong. You shouldn’t write that thing because where you are won’t allow it to be what it needs to be. Oh, Nia!! Thank you for letting me know I am not alone in this moment!

  4. Just let it be. Your fans aren’t going anywhere. I know I’m not. Without exception, your work is ALWAYS worth the wait.

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