Pitchers get them.
So do batters.
I grew up watching baseball so I've heard the term my whole life. "Pitching slump"; "Hitting slump". Not so fun, for players or fans.
Did you know that writers can go through "Writing slumps"?
Of course you did. They are better known as "Writer's Block" but I like putting it this way. A block is something that is immovable. It calls to mind a military blockade. I feel dumbfounded, lost, and perpetually blank.
But a slump sounds temporary. A little lull. The valley between two mountains. Not too bad, just a little down time. A little slow going. A wee slump.
I've been in a slump lately. Okay, for the past few months. It's not that I don't have anything to write about. It's more of feeling pressed for time and losing all my energy during to day to sitting. Yes, you read that correctly. I sit for eight hours a day at a desk. When I get home I am exhausted! My body was created to move. This past weekend I hauled a cedar chest upstairs by myself. I felt great! My back didn't hurt after that. Crazy but true: when I do hard work, my body rejoices! Sit me in front of a computer all day and all I want to do is sip cocoa and sleep. (Not at the same time. That could be dangerous!)
I read that taking a walk can help a slump. Getting outside is my cure all. Unfortunately, where we're living at present, there's really no where to get outside. Plus it's freezing. Oh yeah, and raining. If we had snow I'd be all eager and leaping with joy to get outside. But freezing cold rain...no thank you! Writing exercises were also recommended. Problem: if I don't have the energy to work on my own projects, where am I going to pull it from to work on some free writing prompts? Hmmm...
What to do? My life has dwindled into a catch phrase. Or rather a title of a very influential work of literature. "Catch 22". I long to write and yet my energy is gone and I'm over looking at computer screens after five. I could write by hand but thanks to working on said computer all day, I now have tennis elbow (or, more correctly, typists elbow). Grrr...I would LOVE to get outside but asphalt and concrete do not a happy soul make. Aaaahhhhh!!!
I know, I know. Suck it up. Get over it. Do it any way. Just do it!
Sage advice, but seriously: what DO you do when your in a slump? No, not a slump, THE slumps. I guess I can't truly call it a Writer's slump. More of an Energy-Need-Fresh-Air-&-Physical-Activity-I-Hate-Computers-&-Fluorescent-Lights Slumps. Maybe I just need to up my vitamin intake (read: take vitamins every day). Maybe I need more caffeine. Maybe I need a good, month long vacation. Oooh. Yeah. NOW we're talking!
***What do YOU do when you hit the slumps? Not just in writing but in life? All thoughts are appreciated and would be rewarded liberally with mountains of chocolate if only I owned Godiva.
PS: I posted about this in an alternate light over at The Manor. Stop by if you get a chance (I promise it's not nearly as depressing.)