Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Meh (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

(I assume everyone coming to this blog is well aware of what this is, but if you happen to be new and interested in more information or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.)

This month's amazing co-hosts are: Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

This month's (optional) question asks, "Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?"

But here's the thing about that question: unless the stringing together of profanities screamed at an (IMHO) underperforming professional sports team while jumping on one's couch counts as a creative outlet, I don't have one outside of writing.

Because I have zero artistic abilities whatsoever. I wish I did because I really admire the hell out of people who can draw or paint or sculpt or knit or compose or cook or assemble Lego sets or bake shrinky-dinks or whatever. If you create art in any form, that's bloody brilliant and I bow down to you.



Instead, I thought I might talk about how...meh I've been feeling of late. It ebbs and flows, but there's always an underlying current.

It might be okay to a point. I mean, I'm still struggling to finish the first draft of my terrible romance novel (the dialogue just seems so lame right now), but the meh-ness (that's totally a word, right?) is leaving me more along the lines of 'Whatever. It'll either get done or it won't' instead of me giving myself an ulcer over my apparent inability to write a happy(ish) ending. Which sounds like a good thing. Right? Living ulcer-free is always better than the alternative?

But should I worry that if I lose my urgency/interest in hitting deadlines/goals that I'll just end up languishing in the doldrums of Meh-ville (that's totally a place, right?) or whatever?

Because that doesn't sound like a good thing.

I don't know. Maybe I'm just burned out a little. Maybe I need a creative outlet outside of writing. Maybe I just need a nap.

Which is a very meh-like response.

How are you feeling these days? Have you been stuck in Meh-ville? How did you get out?

Thanks for stopping by today!

33 comments:

  1. I've visited Meh-ville more times than I care to count. I find I need to just ride the feeling out, let the bus carry me through Meh-ville and out the other side. Might not be the best plan, but it works for me overall.

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    1. I feel like that's what I need to do, too. Just wait it out. If for no other reason than any time I think, "I need to do something about this!" my immediate response is, "Meh."

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  2. I'm good friends with Meh.
    Not in a good way.

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    1. I'm feeling the same way. But I'm also very 'meh' about our relationship.

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  3. Hmm... great.
    Now there's a guy bopping around in my named Herman, from Mehville.
    Except he doesn't bop. Because he's from Mehville.
    He just sort of loiters. On;y sort of, because he can't even be committed to loitering.

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  4. Maybe you do a need a new creative outlet, one that will re-energize you and get rid of meh.

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  5. I've been in Meh-ville this past month with trips down the dark alleys to beat myself up about not being able to get back into the writing groove. Thankfully I'm half-hearted about that too! D&D has been my ticket out, but that only happens once a week.

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    1. Yeah. I know what you mean. Normally, I'd be way more irritated with myself for not getting more/anything done, but now I'm more "I'm not getting anything done. Oh well."

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  6. It does sound like you're burning yourself out a little bit. That's how it started with me, and I didn't pay attention to it. I kept pushing myself. Allow yourself to be in the meh moment and relax a bit. Take your time. Personal deadlines can always be extended. It's okay to do that. :)

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    1. Relax? What is this 'relax' of which you speak? :)

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  7. I've been stuck in Meh-ville. It usually means I'm heading toward burn out or wearing myself too thin and I need to slow the heck down.

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    1. I feel like if I slow down anymore, I will be moving backward. But Meh Me just pointed out that it's not like I'm moving anywhere anyway, so I think it works out.

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  8. I lost a lot of urgency with mine. You need a break, even just a couple weeks.

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  9. I'm not sure if I'm in Meh-ville or not. I mean, I'm not making writing progress, but I'm not worried or stressed about it either. Like you said, it'll get done or it won't.

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  10. Writing is art, so don't forget about that. But I always thought it would be nice to be able to draw, too. It would make fantasy maps easier, wouldn't it? :)

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  11. I sometimes arrive in Meh-ville when I receive my very tiny royalty checks. I think they figure out to $.00005 cents per hour for the labor I put into my writing. I always get over, so I hope you do too.

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  12. It might just be winter. I think you'll figure out what you want to do with your novel, and then it'll be all rainbows and unicorns. But until then, perhaps you need another outlet of some sort. It helps to give the brain a rest. That's when things seem to solve themselves, isn't it?

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  13. Sorry to hear you've been feeling so meh lately. :(

    I can relate a bit, since my depression over my comics has reached a point where I feel absolutely hopeless as a writer/artist. Makes it hard to stay motivated.

    It is possible you're burning out a little. Taking a break could help scare off some of that meh-ness for you. Good luck! <3

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  14. Sounds like maybe you do need an outlet to recharge your writing. Sometimes simple actions that use other areas of our creativity can really make a difference. Hope you find something that works for you.

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  15. I went through a period of burnout in 2017-2018 that made it hard to make progress, too. In my case, I was sure it really was burnout. I'd pushed hard to get out three novels in three years. The cure for me was slow, involving a lot of playtime writing: flash fiction I didn't intend to develop or even revise, short stories, poetry, whinging in my journal, etc. It's better now, but it's taken a while. I hope you find your spark and passion for the work again soon! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  16. I think we need one month of IWSG that works through BURNOUT and how to deal with how to deal with it. Hope you find a path to regeneration,and when you do, email me with the location. I'll follow you step by step.

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  17. I'm sure you have another creative outlet - all creative people I know have more than one, even if the second one is gardening or cooking or knitting. You just have to acknowledge it for what it is.
    But burnout is a real problem though. Maybe you just need to relax for a while and do nothing. Recharge.

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  18. Sometimes a break is good. And I would guess, like Olga, that you do have other creative outlets - and hey, who says yelling at sports isn't creative?
    But I think a bit of rest can cure me, maybe watch a series of movies you like on DVD or read a cozy book that has nothing to do with what you're writing?

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  19. I visited Meh-ville last February. Depression, SAD, whatever. I "road the bus through" and March was so much better. Hang in there.

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  20. Maybe put all writing aside for a week (or longer) and do other stuff. Read. Binge watch Buffy again. Go for walks. Go to a museum. But don't write. Then (ideally) at the end of your self-imposed exile from writing, you'll be chomping at the bit to get back to it.

    Hope you get out of mehsville.

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  21. Meh is a natural feeling for us. Don't feel bad about it.

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    1. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate Dr Ekpen for the good work that his doing around the world, many of you must have ahead of him and what his doing. The reason why I'm appreciating him on this site is because maybe someone out there is facing the same challenge and he/she don't know what to do next to fix the issue, Dr Ekpen is a great spell caster and friendly also, if you have problem in your relationship you can contact him right way and he will be clad to help you out. Contact him now via email at ekpentemple@gmail.com or on whatsaap +2347050270218.

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  22. The last time I visited Meh-ville, I locked my study and played on the compost heap until I felt energised. It took a while, but it worked :-) Sometimes doing something other than hitting your head against the wall of Meh-ville helps you to escape.

    Ronel visiting for Feb's IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer -- And Happy About It

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  23. The last time I was in Meh-ville I went to hang out with a few friends until I felt better. Thanks for sharing!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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