In fact, I make a point of reading a few blogs every day. They keep me connected to the world outside of my little COVID hibernation and Zoom tired writers’ meetings. Interestingly, many bloggers are writing about writer’s block and blog burnout. Makes me think September is creative block month. Good think October arrived on schedule. Is it the time of year? Are Fall allergies hitting everyone so hard, like me, that writing is too much a chore to do? Or is it something else?
No doubt, Fall has something to do with it, but not the allergies. Fall, for most of the Western Hemisphere, shines in its ability to morph the most common scenery into a snug blanket of warm colors waving in cool sunshine. I envy those who witness this. Here in Texas, Fall slides in undetected from the living room window. One day green fills the view as sun blasts through the glass to burn faces. The next day, a sneeze, a couch, a sniffle, and half the trees are bare of leaves and the sun shines through a mild, dry breeze, whispering with mild temperatures and cool morning walks. Those of us not sneezing, coughing, and sniffling too much are out walking in the mornings. Some of us sat outside for an hour too long yesterday chatting with friends and woke with even more sneezing, coughing, and sniffling.
What does this have to do with writer’s block and blog blues? EVERYTHING! Enjoy Fall. Wrap yourself in its colors and flavors. (Yes, I love pumpkin spice!) If you can’t bring yourself to put words on that blank page. Give yourself a break. Breath in the season. Tomorrow, that blank page will still be there, but you’ll also have a smile on your face, and the words will flow.
And if they don’t? You have my permission to withhold that Pumpkin Spice Latte until the words come.
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