This Saturday I heard the frogs singing. After two months of droughts, a couple of days of heavy rain had brought them out. The choir rang loud and clear from the marshes.
Sometimes our pens don’t sing either. Our creativity dries up. Our song falls silent. As writers, this can be a frightening time. We wonder if we’ll ever find the words again. Has our talent vanished overnight? Are we done for? When this happens to me, I remember the frogs. They go underground to await the rain. But when it comes, they’re ready for it. The first downpour and they emerge from their burrows and start their concert. Just as we, as soon as inspiration strikes, can set pen to paper –or fingers to keyboards!
So don’t beat yourself up when your creativity runs dry. Simply hold yourself in preparation. Stay focused on what you want to write about. Keep paper and pen handy. Take notes. Pay attention. So that when your creativity begins to flow again, you’re ready to write up a storm.