When in Doubt Pull Your Finger Out!

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I haven’t written anything in a little while. In fact, the last time I published anything on this blog was 12 February, which was well over a month ago now. Part of the reason for this is that I’ve been pretty busy. Over the last six weeks I’ve not only interviewed for and started a new job, but relocated from my one bedroom flat to a new house share with someone I’ve only just met (lucky for me he is rather lovely!) But because it’s been such a long time since I last wrote or published anything, I’ve been feeling a bit of a fraud; I mean, is it really okay to call myself a writer and blogger if I’m not actually producing any work?

Whilst it’s true that I have been a little busier than usual recently, I’d be fibbing if I told you that I’ve been so rushed off my feet that I couldn’t spare 30 minutes to jot down a few thoughts. The other part of this story is that I simply haven’t set aside any time to think or to write and, as a result, I’ve allowed myself to fall into a bit of a creative slump.

Is it really okay to call myself a writer and blogger if I’m not actually producing any work?

After discussing my ‘writer’s block’ with a fellow writer and blogger on Saturday (please do check out my friend Jo’s brilliant blog here) I’ve realised what the problem is; rather than just getting on with it, I’ve been putting quite a lot of pressure on myself to produce something noteworthy. And I suppose as a blogger it’s natural that I should feel a certain responsibility to write articles that are poignant and relevant to my followers. However, in trying so hard to produce something meaningful I’ve ended up overthinking all of my ideas and failing to write anything at all.

In an attempt to get myself back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and publish this article. I’m aware that it’s a little unfocused and lacklustre compared to what I usually write, but it is a piece of writing nonetheless. After all, and as Jo very wisely pointed out to me, giving my readers something, even if it is a little dull and they choose not to engage with it, is far better than giving them nothing at all (I hope you agree!)

To those who are reading this, thank you for sticking with me – I’m feeling less of a fraud already.

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Maddie Culver

Maddie is a Bristol-based writer and blogger with a particular interest in feminism, social justice and contemporary culture.