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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Reading Slumps Provoke Writer’s Block?! ...THISISRIDICULOUS

This week’s post is literally gonna be like three paragraphs long. I’m exhausted and a little stressed out. It feels like every three months I’m having to contact my university about something and it seems as though, again, I am switching courses. As it’s September in a couple of days, I kindaaa need to have it wrapped up quickly. Only replace ‘kinda’ with ‘SERIOUSLY’, and add in some little anguished emoticons that represent me lying on the floor bawling.

Hey, I might as well share something I suddenly realised last night, about why I haven’t been able to write for months. Aside from being pushed for time that is. I’m certain it’s because I haven’t been reading. At first I thought, ‘Nahh that’s dumb’, but now I’m convinced. When I read the work of others, I feel inspired and motivated to complete my own work. I remember all of the things I wanted to say and share in my creations. I’m slowly realising that without that drive, the way I approach writing my novel is completely different, almost like a chore. I really feel like something’s wrong with me when my endless well of creativity seems to just... disappear.

Since I finished reading The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After last week, my novel’s popped back up in my head and I’ve been turning it over and over in my mind, trying to figure out where I ran it into a ditch. I’m still struggling with the motivation to read, but I’m not to fussed about it right now. I honestly have a hundred other things to be worrying about, like what I’m going to have for lunch tomorrow.

Ashana Lian .

P.S. I like my old long posts, but short posts are such a relief right now :3


  1. Hm, I think this could be the case. I actually tend to go through different cycles of writing and reading and blogging and other elements of my typical activities, but I think it makes sense. If you're not immersed in the creative world, then you can forget to jump back in. I hope that your reading and writing life improves as you keep going!

    1. Hiya Heatheeeer :3
      I go through cycles too. Although right now I feel like each of my creative activities are tugging at one another to be more important instead of finding a comfortable routine in my life. I'd thought not being at uni would help that, but now... *shrug* who knows?


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