Beginnings and Middles

I’m currently in a bit of a mire.  I should be writing, I should be writing lots but I’m not.  I’m stuck.  The way my life is going is that I have recently started a new job, one that requires me to use more brain in day to day functions than I’ve had to in the past and I simply cannot find the energy spare to write.
This is making me anxious.  Writing has been as natural as breathing so when the ability to do so is reduced for whatever reason then I get jittery.
Life is ridiculously busy, in addition to work there are rehearsals for a pantomime I am involved in and the pressure from both ends is making me struggle.
I am proposing to write things, poems, scenes, short stories anything to get my brain feeling creative again. I’ll write about my process here and share things that I think are useful.

Jane Hanmer

Born in deepest darkest Shropshire. Currently living in Durrey. A reader of books, a watcher of theatre and film, a player of board games. Intersectional Feminist Pronouns: She/her


  • Steven Chapman

    There’s always time for writing – even if you can only manage thirty seconds a day. I know that seems like the least helpful thing to say at the moment. It’s like telling someone with depression to cheer up. Can’t find time to write? Just write more.
    I find a notepad, tucked away in a pocket, very helpful when I’m in busy, busy, busy mode. You can pour out your stresses and anger with a bit of a scribble and because it’s all done longhand you can do it on the run…so to speak. You don’t even have to write novels, or short stories. Vent, rant, write thoughts down – they don’t have to be related to stories, the simple act of writing will make you feel more energised (or at least that works for me).
    I know the bleargh, no energy, fuck it all kind of feeling. I feel like that every day after a shitty day at the office (there are no non-shitty days). It sucks the life out of you and by the time you get home you just want to veg (if you have the time that is!).
    The disheartening answer to your quandary involves punching yourself in the face with your writing (metaphorically speaking – of course). You’ll hate it, it will sting like a motherfucker, and you’ll probably feel angry with yourself at first. But it will get a little bit easier every time you find the time to write something.
    Just keep swimming.
    Just keep writing.
    Just tell me to feck off if none of this is helping 😀

    • Jane Hanmer

      Jane Hanmer

      That is part of the reason for this blog. Somewhere to work out and make the most of any spare brain capacity.
      Hopefully this will kickstart some creative juices.

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