When You’ve Lost Your Groove

I swore up and down, I would blog more often when  I committed to Jon Acuff’s Start Experiment. I took on the challenge and then lost my groove.

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Ugh! I hate when that happens, don’t you? You tell yourself you are going to do this or that, and then your enthusiasm dwindles down to nothing.

I can tell you what happened to me.

It’s called the perils of self-editing by thinking too much of you.

Yes, let me explain.

I would start by writing a blog post and then tell myself, oh no, my audience isn’t going to like this at all. Scratch that.

The next day, the same thing happens.

I convinced myself that the content wasn’t any good. What kind of person would I be if I allowed you to read something painstakingly awful?

I’m sorry, I couldn’t do that to you.

So… one day turned into two days, a week into two weeks and you get the picture.

No writing. No nada. Zilch.

Today I’m writing because like Stella, I want to get my groove back. Except in this case, it’s my writing groove.

So if this is awful, I’m sorry, but like Jeff Goins says, I have to practice [and fail] in front of an audience.

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This concept reminds me of when I was in professional acting school.

We had to practice and rehearse our scenes in front of a live audience.

It was torture.

Every day we would get up in front of everyone and practice whatever assignment was given by the instructor.

I remember one acting teacher in particular who would stare at me with her big, laser beam eyes. As if her eyes were piercing into my soul. I felt exposed and naked. It made me nervous.

She scared me. But as painful as the process was, I learned the most from this teacher.

I learned that by risking and getting critiqued, I was growing in my craft. I despised the process, but my art wound up better for it.

The same applies to writing. We have to take the risk and put ourselves out there. This is the only way we’ll learn and grow as writers. There is no other way.

Have you lost your groove? If so, what do you do to get your groove back?

 

  • Christa Sterken

    I have lost and found my groove so many times! Forward motion seems to be a self building thing, moving one step closer with every word. So glad you see you finding your groove again

    • I’m trying. I fall off the wagon a lot. lol. 🙂

      • Christa Sterken

        Pretty crowded on the ground off the wagon. You’ll be more comfortable back in it!

  • Wanda@The Watered Soul

    I’m in the midst of struggle to find my groove again. I can so relate to what you have written. So many times I fail to post something because I place too much emphasis on what others may think of it. In some ways blogging was more simple when no one really knew mine existed.

    • Hi Wanda, nice to see you here. I appreciate your comment. I didn’t even realize you commented, if not, I would have responded sooner. I just saw it now. Yes, I did it again, it took me over a week to post something. I will go live tomorrow. But I struggled the whole time I wrote it. It’s true, it is hard to put your words out there, when you pre-judge it, which is what I always do. I hope you will visit again. Blessings to you.

      • Wanda@The Watered Soul

        Not a problem Pilar. Yeah for you for moving past the struggle! Hope you enjoy a great weekend