You're on the sea, sails at full mast. One day the winds of inspiration fail you. You're adrift. Days go by; you're thirsty, hungry, tired and there's no relief. Mutiny. Can you abandon your own ship? No, the captain goes down with the ship. Remember? A wind, not a mighty one only a light breeze, and you get to your feet and adjust your sails. Breathe it in. Once again you're on the high seas full steam ahead as if there was never a lull in the creative grey matter.
Most authors go through this. What's the cure? Search engines are rife with solutions, suggestions, and personal stories. In my opinion, the answer lies within. You are the master of your own ship. If you put the pen down and never pick it up again, then there'd be cause for concern and a complete tragedy. It happens. Sometimes we come back stronger. When the passion is not there and the doldrums set in, it's a sad day, week, or month, but all is not lost. Some authors tweet such feelings. A like or a simple comment or a connection to the writing community might help. Writing a book review or blog might spark an offshore breeze. There is no perfect answer. Sometimes an unexpected email or message a spiritual intervention might be a catalyst or an internal aside might creep in. The key is in the engine and the starter is receiving the impulse. Wait a few. Try again. Bring it to the shop if necessary. Eventually the engine will kick over and and you're on your way to the docks. Your sloop awaits and the sails are mended. Enjoy the voyage.
It's you. It always has been. One of many and one of the few who persevere and manage their wy through occasional ill winds.
Shirley Nomakeo received a B.S. Degree in Graphic Design from Rivier College.