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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Who Stole My Mojo?

I probably should have saved this post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group next month, but I am too bothered by my circumstances to wait that long. This is serious. Someone stole my writing mojo! And I desperately want it back. Writing is something I have been doing since I was a little girl. From the minute I learned the alphabet, no one has ever had to encourage me to write. The compulsion to do it has always been there. It became second nature and "normal" for me to cruise around  with a head full of characters yammering on and on insisting I write their stories down.** But these past few weeks something very strange has happened. My mind has gone silent. And that silence is deafening!

Have you seen my mojo?
 
Who stole my writing mojo? Where the heck did all of my characters go? I am so bereft without my characters' voices. How can I write with only my own voice in my head? It's futile. If I had to pick a suspect out of a lineup, I would point my finger and blame it on my busy life. Life, for me, has been jammed full of  poor health, The Husband, the kids, my job and trying to tackle oh, a thousand or so other responsibilities. For way too long I had been unable to stop and sit down for five minutes and write anything creative. Of course, now that I have decided to put my foot down and insisted on carving out some precious time for me to write, all has gone silent!!!

I have often marveled at you, my fellow writers. How the heck do you manage to find time to blog, write, edit, critique, publish and market your books and still have a life? And when you only have a precious few minutes here and there to spare, how do you get your writing juices to respond and start to flow?  Is there a magic trick or tip that I can try? Anyone else ever find that their writing mojo has gone missing? Oh, and if any of you happen to see mine floating around, would you please send it on back to the Nest? Cause this Bird really misses it!





**To those of you non-writers reading this who may think the voices in my head are not characters at all, but would be better labeled as something called "multiple personality disorder" I apologize. This phenomenon is generally something only other writers can fully comprehend.

27 comments:

  1. I went through this at the start of the year and it about drove me nuts. I lost my writing mojo. I ran around in circles trying to find it, and nothing. And then one day, poof, it was back. I felt the drive to write a book that was unmarketable, not my thing, not a strong enough hook, narrow audience, etc. But I didn't care--because at least I was finally motivated to write again. My agent loves this book and we're polishing it up right now to go out on submission soon. Point is, I don't think you've lost your mojo. Hang in there, be patient, maybe it's just on vacation and you can delve into reading as 'research' for a while until it comes home. And when that itch comes to write something/anything, just do it. Even if it's a memoir or a eulogy or a two-lined poem. I'm confident you'll get that mojo back and you'll greet each other like long lost friends.

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    1. Thanks so much Ilima. I needed that pep talk. I think mainly I'm suffering because when I sit down to write I can't keep my thoughts from obsessing on all the other stuff I need to be doing which really stifles my creativity and flow. Fingers crossed I can snap out of this pattern soon!

      PS I think you are amazing- here you went and wrote something you didn't even think was marketable or "your thing" and yet, your agent loved it. How fantastic is that!! I don't think you ever give yourself enough credit or realize how truly amazing you are! xo

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  2. I think it's the ebb and flow of life. You haven't lost your mojo, it's just been pushed out of the way by life circumstances. I thought I lost my funny awhile back and I was pissed off 'cause if I can't spread joy or make people laugh then I don't know my place in the world. So I started meditating and I found my funny again. Point is, try to carve out some silent time for yourself to just sit and be still, as hard as that may be, and you will be amazed at the things that will pop into your head. Some you may not even be able to repeat.

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    1. You, loose your funny??? NO way. You are hilarious and with every one of your posts you make me laugh out loud. Your crazy sense of humor always brightens up my day! I struggle with finding that time to myself. Or when I do manage to take it, I struggle with guilt for doing it. I know that's messed up, but, that's me. :)

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  3. Ah, Jaybird, I feel your pain. I've experienced what you are describing and I chose to call it mulching. Perhaps some ideas just need some time to marinate. I don't think you've lost your writing mojo. It's just doing what it needs to do before the words come again. Hang in there!

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    1. Hi Karen! Thank you so much for the encouragement. It always helps to know I am not alone in feeling the way I do about writing. Hopefully, this little setback is only temporary and I can get back to "normal" (ha ha) real soon. Who in the world but other writers would understand that hearing voices, is back to normal? LOL

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  4. I always think of inspiration as a well (corny, I know) but maybe you just need some time off so yours can refill. In the meantime, hugs!!

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    1. I will take those virtual hugs gladly. Here's hoping a little time is all I need to find my mojo. Writing has always been my creative outlet; I would hate to think it's lost to me.

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  5. Don't worry - it will come back!
    I manage a lot because I don't have kids, but even I can't do it all and still write.

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    1. Yes my three little birds do take up the majority of my time. I have found that when I go ahead and try to take time for myself, inevitably some kind of "crisis" that only mom can fix pops up. Hmmm, I wonder if that's coincidence? But I don't feel comfortable blaming my girls for all of my time constraints since I am totally guilty of volunteering to help the world and then not having enough time left over to take care of me. It's just my personality to put everyone's needs above my own. It's a pattern and a balance I am constantly working on.

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  6. Like Alex said it will return. But I'm going to do more. I'm giving you an assignment. See the squirrel in the picture. I want you to write a 200-400 word adventure for it and post it before November is over. It can be about anything but the squirrel must be apart of it and a flavour of adventure. Hope this helps.

    Eg. The squirrel watched the jar of nuts on the table, the giant human male was still nearby talking to himself with a black piece of shiny wood by his ear. Humans were weird.

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    1. Love it! Thanks so much for the challenge and I will definitely take you up on it.

      That little squirrel was rescued from the jaws of my neighbor's dog. We couldn't let it go out like that. The vet gave him a clean bill of health. He was so stinking cute my girls begged me to keep him. (which is just what I need, another pet, ha!) I had absolutely no idea how to take care of a squirrel...he had to get released back in the wild. They are still peeved at me for saying "no" to keeping him. Sigh. Just another day in my crazy life.

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  7. I can relate to your pain here, I have experienced it myself! I don't think there is a magic switch that will make it return but I do think it will return. Probably when you least expect it if you are anything like me! I would suggest trying small writing tasks in the time you can set aside. Even putting a blog post together is flexing those writing muscles. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    1. Hey Suzanne! That is great advice and I appreciate it very much. I feel like my confidence has been shaken. Maybe it's a mixture of both. Can I write? Should I even attempt to write? Does everything I write just stink? You know how it goes with us. Who knows, maybe this afternoon I will dream up a fantastic story with rich characters all of this self-doubt will just disappear. (At least I'm nothing but optimistic!)

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  8. My mojo gets stolen quite often, leading me to believe it's not actually stolen just borrowed without asking! What works for me is not to look too hard for it - let it wander back home of its own accord, and no sudden noises that might scare it off again. I hope you don't have to wait too long.

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    1. Me too Annalisa, me too!! It helps so much to know that I am not alone in feeling this way though, so great big Thank You!

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  9. So, so sorry that your writing mojo has fled you like this. I'm not surprised at all that you're blaming life for it. Life always has a nasty habit of killing creativity at the worst possible moments. Will keep my fingers crossed that your mojo returns soon!

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    1. Hi Heath! Thanks. My fingers are crossed too!!

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  10. My mojo abandons me several times a day. It is hiding with the dust bunnies.

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  11. If my mojo is hiding with the dust bunnies in my house, Lord have mercy! Because that mojo would be lost forever; I'd never recover it in all this mess. LOL My house is in need of a serious cleaning intervention- there are times I've wondered if blowing it up and starting from scratch would be a better strategy. Ha. :)

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  12. Seems everyone else has already mentioned it, but I'll just echo that writing mojo comes and goes. If I could nail down what makes it return, I'd do that as often as I could. Human sacrifices included. But I have no damn clue. All I can do is write my ass off when it comes, and try not to stress myself out when it's gone. It'll return. Just be patient and don't stress over it.

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  13. I spend way too much time with kids because all I can think is, "Crystal stole the mojo from the mojo jar." "Who me?" "Yes, you." "Okay, I guess it's true."

    Want some back? I'll tell you how to get it, but it's going to involve...


    CHEESE!!!

    ;)

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  14. At this point I time I can relate! I've been dealing with health issues, family crisis, financial crisis and my computer blowing up. I'm currently trying to learn Windows 8 and keep my head above water. Some nights I lay in bed and have all these wonderful ideas for my edits but when it comes time to try to get them on paper - poof! Everything including my sanity is goon. There was some good advice in your comments, most of which I think I'll to steal.

    Hang in there, it has to get better.

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  15. I've been there lately, too. I just haven't had much urge to write. But every couple of weeks it comes back in a spurt and if I don't jump on it, it's gone. I'm not too worried, I think writing definitely goes in phases and this is just a dry phase for now. It will come back for both of us!

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  16. I'm missing my mojo this morning...hence the blog catching up. I've written 1k, but it's all nonsense and NaNo pressure written, because, well, 5 days! I hope you've found your mojo, again! Happy turkey week:)

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  18. My mojo basically comes from having been unable to write most of the day, and being DESPERATE to get some writing in by the time I get home & have done everything else that needs doing before having writing time. :)

    I really hope you find your mojo soon! I think all writers know what it's like to have mojoey slumps.

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