So, lately I’ve been noticing something in my writing habits.
I’M NOT WRITING POEMS ANYMORE.
I mean, I feel like this should be a bad thing… right? I was going so strong with it for so long, and I was learning so much from my writing both about myself and poetry itself. But, beginning about two weeks ago or so… I noticeably slowed this creative journey down.
I used to churn out about… a poem every other day, or maybe 3 or 4 or 5 a week. Sometimes multiples in one sitting. And the ideas for them… just came to me. I don’t know how to explain it very well, but sometimes it didn’t even feel like it was really me writing them. That’s how smoothly they just happened.
But then 4 per week turned into 2 per week, then 1 per week… and then, again, about two weeks ago, it was suddenly down to 0.
Now, I mean, I don’t think this is completely a bad thing. Ever since I stopped writing the poems… my novel writing time has increased. Actually, I think I’m writing more words in my stories per day than ever before. So… it’s increased drastically.
And that’s a really good thing, because now I can finish my next and upcoming book a lot faster than I had originally planned. It’s bittersweet at the same time, though, because… well, I’m not writing my poems anymore. Which, honestly, I can’t help but be a little upset about.
And it’s not like I haven’t tried writing my poems more recently. I have, believe you me. It’s just that… nothing comes to me quite so easily anymore, and I’m finding it really hard to find something to actually write. So, like… are my poetry juices physically running out?
You just can’t help but wonder.
Either way, though, since I was writing more poems that I was posting earlier on, I still have a pretty decent amount of drafts waiting to be published here and over on Wattpad. So… you probably won’t even notice the difference in my new writing habits for another month or so. Still, though… I guess I’m kind of warning y’all ahead of time.
If anybody has any tips on possibly helping me boost my poetry inspiration once more, though, I’m all ears!
Maybe, though… I should just take a break from all the poems for a while. I guess that could be the best solution, right? And then I can take advantage even more of the time I have to write my next novel…
But then I’ll miss the poems. Bleh.
Well… again, let me know what y’all think I should do given my circumstances, whether I should take time off or not. I’ve really grown to love poetry writing over the past few months, though, and I really will miss the emotions it hands me if I quit.
I guess I do kind of remember telling myself, though, with writing my poems (mostly for Holding onto Stars right now), that I would wrap it up and finish my book once I felt like I had learned something through the writing process and that it all seemed complete as a collection.
So, maybe I should take my own words…
Or maybe not.
Yeah, I really don’t know, guys… help me out with this one!