Monday, March 4, 2013

I seem to be suffering from writer's block...

...even though I'm here in Colorado with my husband, helping out our firstborn son and his wife while they adjust to life with 21-month-old twins and a newborn, and that means I should have lots and lots to write about... how much I love Bonny Babe...
...and her twin sister Cutie Pie...
...and teeny tiny Little Gal.

So I don't know what's up with this writer's--or more accurately, blogger's--block I'm experiencing today.

Maybe it's that I've discovered so many interesting new blogs lately, by talented writers who have attracted large groups of followers, and my little "String of Pearls" seems a bit pathetic in comparison.

Or maybe it's that I feel guilty devoting any of my free time to blogging when I've got a book to review for, and I don't want to keep them waiting too long.  (The book, by the way, is Franz Werfel's spectacular The Song of Bernadette, which I somehow never got around to reading before now and am enjoying immensely!)

Perhaps it's nothing more than the fact that I am overwhelmed lately by the love I feel for my husband, for our children, and for our grandchildren--a love so all-encompassing and powerful that it is almost a painful thing; and at the same time I am filled with deep feelings of unworthiness in the face of all these beautiful blessings God has given me.  It's so hard to put what's in my heart these days into words.  I don't feel like I have the writing ability to do my feelings justice.

I don't feel like much of a writer at all, to be honest, even though I suppose having a published novel means I must try to consider myself one.  Finding Grace may not be selling like hotcakes (yet!), but it's out there.  (How well do hotcakes sell, anyway?  I had no idea there was such a market for them.)

Incidentally, I just read recently that the best way for an author to sell his first book is to write a second one.  If that's the case, I better find a way to get over this writer's block pretty soon--because if my first book was any indication, it'll probably take me almost five years to write the next one...

What do you think?  Should I go to work on a sequel?  Or should I just concentrate on trying to keep this blog up and running?  I'd be interested in your thoughts on the subject.


  1. Both.....I don't want to lose your blog, but I would love a sequel to Finding Grace!

  2. Laura
    I've been trying to get back to you for a few days. I suffer from writer's block from time to time, I'd like to say "I don't worry anymore" but that would be untrue. I shouldn't worry anymore as I have found time and time again that it passes and then my writing mojo returns stronger.
    I find after a blank period, I can think of ideas, though nothing seems inspiring. I start jotting these ideas down as they come to me in my spiral notebook and then eventually, the block goes! and I'm back to writing lots.

    Probably more it's a case of all your passion currently going towards your gorgeous new grandgirls, don't worry after a while of loving them you'll find that they will inspire you. I bet you'll be back with reflection posts inspired by little ones, or perhaps book posts for little ones, etc

    You haven't lost your creativity, it is just taking a hiatus{{}}

    1. Thanks for your wise words, Erin. I guess I won't shut my blog down just yet...and I think I'll eventually figure out how to adequately express the way these darling granddaughters make me feel. To say that my husband and I are completely besotted is putting it mildly! :D