My friend Sarah shared a quote with me once. I don't remember who said it, but it's very Elizabeth Gilbert-esque, so I'm gonna stick with that. When I was in the middle of writing the first round of content for my book, I hit this period where I honestly felt like I didn't have anything else to say. I felt like I had said All The Things ever said in the history of time, so I could not possibly have more to say. It was a horrible bout of writer's block and it was driving me crazy, just sitting in the coffee shop, headphones on, writing empty words onto a screen because I needed to just get it done. I was so frustrated. I wanted to rip my hair out. All of them, one by one, because that would have been more pleasant than finishing the book. I shared my feelings with her, because that's what friends do, and she told me she was proud of me for sitting down and doing the work.
She told me, "When the muse shows up, she better find you working."
I loved that. It kept me going, even when I felt like I had nothing else to give. It kept me going when I felt like my words were shit and nobody should ever read my book. I knew the muse would show up eventually and light my hair on fire, but it's probably best if I was in front of the keyboard trying my hardest, rather than at home with two kids running wild and not having any quiet to write.
So, no matter what you do, I want to encourage you to keep working today. Sit in front of the keyboard just a little bit longer. Keep typing even if it feels empty. Keep swinging even if you're striking out. Because doing the hard work now is what gets you to the next step in the journey. It feels bleak now, I know, like maybe you'll be stuck in this rut forever, that you're blogging for nobody and there's nobody paying attention, that you have a deadline to hit and there's no way you'll make it.
You'll make it. You just need to get to work.
When the big leagues call, they better find you swinging.
When opportunity knocks, you better be on the other side of the door with your bag already packed.
When the muse shows up, she better find you working.
So, get to work.