You may have noticed that I’ve been blogging a bit less over the past couple of months. I’ve been having trouble writing new material in general, but blogging has felt especially difficult because of its immediate audience. The best weeks of my recent writing life were when I was revising Waist for my agent; that invigorated and motivated me. But when it was over, the struggles with all of my fresher, newer projects returned.
There’s a reason for this, and the root is something I’m very happy and grateful for: I’m expecting our second child in October. My family and I are all thrilled with this news, and overall I feel very blessed: with the pregnancy coming around the same time I signed with my agent Suzie, it feels like everything is coming together in both my work and personal lives.
But I’ve been physically not feeling my best for several weeks, and it’s been hard to maintain my normal schedule. There was also the added stress of keeping the pregnancy a secret from most people throughout the first trimester. I think that added to my writer’s block, especially when it came to blogging. I couldn’t share my whole self, the thing that was most important to me at the moment, and so it was hard to share other parts of myself. (I did manage to write indirectly about how I was feeling in my latest DIY MFA post, How To Keep Writing When Times Are Tough.) [Read more…]