When the Words Aren’t Coming

Writers Block

This year has been a terrible year for me as a writer, and I know I’m not alone. It’s so hard to concentrate on a fictional world when the real world feels like it’s spinning out of control.

I deliberately scheduled my year to shift most of the writing into the spring and summer this year, leaving editorial and research for the rest of the year because I’ve learned that I have trouble writing in the fall and winter due to seasonal depression. Unfortunately, real life and my other jobs got in the way of writing in the spring and summer this year. Now that I have time to write, it’s like something has atrophied inside of me. My depression and anxiety is worse than it has been in years. I am writing, but very slowly. What used to be 2000-3000 word days are now 200-300 words. A thousand word day feels like a victory.

This year has taught me much about myself as a writer and as a business person. I tried to balance the business of my publishing company with the creative act of being a writer, and I’m failing at doing both. I have a different plan for next year and how it will go, but I know that I need to back away a bit from publishing, promotion, and advertising if I’m ever going to finish another book. And that’s what really brings readers back–more good books.

I’m still trying to finish Secret Magic by mid-December, but the going is tough. Sometimes I want to throw my computer across the room, like in the picture above. But I don’t, and I won’t.

I won’t give up.

I promise.


3 thoughts on “When the Words Aren’t Coming

  1. Dear Cara,
    I have just finished reading your first 2 books in The Fay Of Skye Series.
    I am also someone who is discovering my own path as a storyteller.
    You have the gift within you, never forget. No matter how difficult it gets I know you will persevere because the courage and strength it took you to write the rich stories I have just read came from that very special place..it is always there.
    May the light guide you to tell the stories that are within you to tell.
    I look forward to reading them …

    My best,
    Sabina Toriello


    1. Sabina, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean more than I can say. I have finally found the heart of the story for the next book in the series, and I’ve been writing steadily for the last two weeks (hence no blog posts!). I will persevere.

      Good luck to you on your storytelling journey! There will be ups and downs, but it is definitely the journey that is the reward, not the destination.

      Thank you again, so much!


      1. Cara,
        Thank you for your lovely message ….
        I knew you would find your way. I look forward to reading all your new stories…
        You are a courageous spirit !! Keep going…..
        Take good care,


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