It came back a few days ago. I have the urge to write again! It's been about a month. While I'm sure that stress played a part, I think mostly it was just time. For about 18 months I have had the urge to write almost continually. During that time I wrote 3 and a half books (two of which were eventually blended into one.) I think that's pretty good. But like everything in life, I needed to take a break.
So for about a month, I had very little enthusiasm for writing at all. I did write a little here and there, but it was without any kind of gusto.
Sometimes I wonder if this is what writers are referring to when they talk about writer's block.
Maybe it's my naturally optimistic outlook on life, but I think brief--and even rather long--hiatuses (is that a word?) in the creative process are beneficial, and even necessary. Don't we all need breaks in life? Even from the things we love?
I love being a mom, but when I've had enough, I go to my mom's house and let HER be the mother for a few days. (I love you Mom!) My husband loves going to school, but those summers off are quite a blessing. My son likes to run around like a crazy man all day . . . but trust me, he needs a nap.:)
I think most things in life are cyclic. To steal that one verse from the Bible:
To everything there is a season
And time for every purpose in the publishing industry.
A time to write and a time to edit,
A time to add and a time to cut,
A time to create and a time to refrain from creating.