Article by Wendy McCance
I’ve been writing this blog now since February of this year. There have been numerous posts full of heartfelt descriptions of some difficult times I went through. The blog has been rather cathartic for me. I have seen my writing turn dark and dreary and I have seen my writing swing the other way full of hope and optimism. Writing has been an incredible experience for me, but it was not what I expected.
In the first few months, I raced to the computer each morning typing out a post before the kids were settled in at school. I had so much on my mind that I could have easily written 3 or 4 posts back to back without taking a breath between them. In the last month or so, my writing hit a stall. I had other obligations and was unable to write every day (although I tried).
Who knows if it is because of the loss of momentum or a general glitch in the writing process, but I have learned something. I’m happy. Seriously ecstatic with my life. everything has fallen neatly into place and there is a sense of peace and contentment. I know this doesn’t seem like a bad thing, and it’s not, but I feel my writing is more strained because of it.
My last post was about a fun day with the family. It was a light, airy piece of fluff. As a person who sees my writing as a sort of peek into my inner thoughts for my kids, I was happy to write about a day that filled me with so much joy. I am at a standstill though about how to pull out those deep feelings that had risen to the surface so easily when all wasn’t at its best with my life.
Are there such things as happy writers? Can they pull out those feelings that make anyone reading their work stop and feel as though you were writing specifically about them? Are happy people only happy writers that focus on the lighter side of life?
I am fortunate to have several followers who are authors. I would really love your take on this crazy phenomenon. Has this happened to you? Can you relate or do you have some advice on how to get that authentic, gritty voice back? Comments would be appreciated.
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