I've just been watching a children's programme with my daughter (purely for research purposes you understand). It was about what happens in a library at night, and involves two daglo pink and green characters and a story maker putting various objects into a funnel in a computer and they add their imagination and invite the audience to do the same, and a story book magically appears out of the computer. If only writing was that simple, eh?
But that's essentially what we do, as writers, isn't it? We pick out a character, an object, an animal, a situation, a setting, and input that into the computer, then with our imaginations we weave our magic and (hopefully) some sort of story, or poem, or article, or chapter of a book, appears out of the printer.
This made me think about how our frame of mind or life circumstances, or health status may affect how we see the world, and how we interact with others and interface with our surroundings. If we see a flower on a sunny day, when all is right with our world and we feel on top form, would we write differently about that flower if we were ill, or sad, and it was raining?
Do our day to day moods and emotions affect how we write? And, I know this to be particularly true of myself, do we set aside our writing simply because we're not in the mood, or in the right mind set to write, and we hide our work, and not send it off, because our minds are telling us it's a load of rubbish, it's raining, you've got stomach ache, and you've every other piece you sent out before has been rejected.
I find it's a fine balance between just feeling sorry for ourselves about our writing and genuinely needing a break from it because we truly are unwell, or something in our lives has meant we have to, temporarily, stop writing. It's the getting back into writing, getting back on the horse we've fallen from, that's the important bit. Writing is not a race to the finishing line. We shouldn't feel pressured to compete against anyone else but ourselves. Life is not a race either. So just for today, I'm advocating that all writers should have a writing 'duvet day', every now and then. Take the weight off their pens, close their note books, switch off their computers, get out in the fresh air, and relax. Allow your senses to be tickled and your creativity to be oxygenated.We can begin writing again when we are feeling better, and our energy tanks have been refilled.