Unfortunately, I have been struggling with writing lately in a way that I haven’t experienced before. I am not focused on creating and that is odd for me. My mind is going in three to four different directions because I want to create a venue for poetry, music and spoken word. I blame one of my favorite authors for creating the most amazing coffee shop in her books because now I’m obsessed with the vibe of the place during their night hours.
Fortunately, I will have a lot of free time to dedicate to my writing and other creative ventures which I wasn’t able to do much of this summer. I am hoping that I can dig into my craft books and find a way to focus on creating new poetry and dedicating some time to my fiction before November. I have dealt with being unfocused in my writing before and it sometimes affects my ability to read. Not my ability to read but my commitment to the stories that I read. I am currently struggling to finish a Laura Childs’ book but it’s hard. I am hoping to read myself out of my current funk. I am not waiting around for writing inspiration though; I’m going to try to devote some time to rereading The 3 A.M. Epiphany and The 4 A.M. Breakthrough by Brian Kitely and doing some of those prompts along with freewriting based on some of my works in progress.
How do you guys deal with writer’s block? Does your writer’s block ever alter your ability to focus on reading?