Some Saturday Inspiration

It's been a hard month in my neck of the woods, and I'm feeling a little stalled out.

A little stuck.

A bit discouraged.

When I need some encouragement, I tend to repeat things to myself, and all day today I've been muttering this poem:

Listen to the Mustn'ts
by Shel Silverstein

Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.

      Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. 

 What about you? What do you tell yourself when you feel stuck?


  1. "Stuck" is a frustrating place to be. When I'm there, it feels eternal, but on some level, I know it's temporary and eventually the creative juices will flow again. I guess just really knowing it's part of the writing process helps. Walking helps, and talking, and getting involved in some other project to think about things in a different way.

  2. That is a great poem. I think I am going to steal your means of coping.

  3. I take a long bath! And I distract myself with a short story. And I eat unhealthy foods. That's something I need to get away from!

    Sometimes, just talking it through with another writing friend really helps. Having to make conversational words about the process helps me get back into it, I think.

  4. I usually talk things out with my sister. Her unflinching belief in me always makes me feel better. (Even though I know she's completely biased) :)

  5. Love Shel Silverstein! My favorite growing up was, "The Giving Tree".

    I give it a few days and if it's still a persistant problem, I take a road trip into the mountains. There is just something so freeing for me being surrounded by nature. (Hugs)Indigo

  6. Joanne- That's an excellent point. It really is part of the process, isn't it? Every time I stall out at about the same spot in the story, but every time, I somehow get there.

    Missed- You're welcome to it! I find it really helpful, actually.

    Wendy- I know, I'm big on the comfort food myself. Not such a great habit, unfortunately. *grin*

    Talking with other writers is also a great idea. Unfortunately, part of my stuck-ness right now is that all my writer friends are long-distance. Sigh.

  7. Renee- I do the same thing with my husband sometimes. Just knowing someone believes in your abilities is comforting.

    Indigo- The mountains sound like an awesome idea! I don't have much time for long drives, but sometimes I take an extended walk for the same reason, to see the trees and the sky and the birds. It's great time to think. :)

  8. I read and try to rest more. Many times when I'm stuck or discouraged it's because I'm overwhelmed with trying to write, social network, & work full time. I know you work too. Perhaps you just need some rest. It's even harder for those of us trying to pursue 2 careers.

  9. You know what that poem reminds me of? One of my favorite Oscar Hammerstein lyrics:

    The world is full of zanies and fools
    Who don't believe in sensible rules
    And won't believe what sensible people say
    And because these daft and dewey-eyed dopes
    Keep building up impossible hopes
    Impossible things are happening every day.

    (from Cinderella)

  10. Elizabeth- I LOVE that movie! My mom used to watch the original all the time, and we'd dance around the living room. That is also one of my favorite songs from the movie, though I must admit, I'm partial to "Why would a fellow want a girl like her?"


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