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The Writing’s On The Wall

Coming Back After A Break

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 8 days ago Updated 7 days ago 3 min read


I don't know if it's similar for other people on social media, but I sometimes think a few days off Facebook and when I come back there are lots of notifications in the Facebook Groups that I am part of and I feel that no one has missed me or really needs me there, and maybe I should just stay out of it.

This is of course a ludicrous argument on my part, but when I am here on a daily basis you are part of the machinery, but when I take a break (and sometimes I really do need to) I do feel that I should stay in the background and let others have the limelight.

In some ways, you could say that this is akin to writer's block to me. I have come back to some little annoyances (not from any friends I may add) which I have dealt with and then felt I should write about them, then part of me sees that as a negative thing, so I decided not to write about it and go on and find something more positive to flow from my pen, maybe a love poem, and they always make me feel good when I create them, but I have recently written poetry so decided it should be some opinionated prose that is generally on the positive spectrum.

This Does Happen A Lot To Me

When I am away from something I do have difficulty coming back because I feel that I have gone off the tracks or taken a long turn when the reality is that I have just taken a break, nothing more, nothing less, and that should make me feel better.

Again I feel I may have to see someone about this, not necessarily for treatment, but just to get an affirmation that what is happening is normal, and the way I am dealing with it is acceptable.

Although I have extreme self-confidence and belief in my abilities (if I didn't I couldn’t write this or anything else) I also am easily hurt by non-constructive criticism (for example your work is lazy, it;s thrown together, it’s rubbish) all of which have been levelled at my creations. The thing is I love constructive criticism. I was once told I had a major problem because I always wanted to be right. My response was “Doesn’t Everybody?”

If I am not right I want people to tell me and then tell me how to fix the situation. The sort of person who believes that every decision they make is right and will accept no criticism is a definite problem.

This piece is almost a purge to get my creativity back into gear so that I can write something that people may be interested in reading.

I did come back to a few link bombs but I just ignore them mostly these days, like any demands for reads and follows. I only read things that catch my eye and by creators who have established and cultivated my interest, but I have come back to a lot of stuff despite being away for maybe thirty six hours.

In Conclusion

I know in the next few days that I will step back into things, but I still find it difficult to come back in. I have benefitted from the break, and am sure that my more creative work will resurface soon.

I continually state that I am very lucky that I can use almost anything as inspiration to write something including the state of apparently not being able to write anything.

The music is the excellent "The Writing's On The Wall" by the brilliant OK Go, which obviously fits, and it's a wonderful video too.

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  • Cathy holmes5 days ago

    Good story, and yeah we all need a break.

  • Heather Hubler5 days ago

    It's noticeable when you and other creators take breaks and so difficult to know if a check-in is welcomed. Some people just need to take breaks and that is wonderful. Over the holidays, I closed so many writing related tabs and just checked once in a while. It is hard to be gone and get back into it. I know I feel like an outsider sometimes then. You've missed the inside jokes. The times people have been prolific and are trading stories and comments. But there will be a new day with new ideas and new fun things. It's too stressful to try to 'catch up'. You keep doing you, that's all you can do :) Always glad to see you on here!

  • Gina C.6 days ago

    I definitely feel overwhelmed when I jump back into something. I would say its normal. I’m sorry that people comment stuff like that. I feel like they are just insecure and looking to bring other people down. Normally it’s because you have something they wish they had themselves!

  • Rick Henry6 days ago

    I hear what you're saying Mike. I am going through my own ups and downs right now which are exacerbated by the fact that I have absolutely no personal time for myself and I am sleep deprived. I am seeing no way out. I've been way too sensitive and for no reason. On people demanding reads I am now adopting a new philosophy I will still read people's works but if you don't reciprocate I will put your works last in line and if I get to it I get to it.

  • I think that's normal. I do feel that way at certain times.

  • Keila Aartila7 days ago

    You are not alone join your reaction - just take your time -- you have every right to enjoy your break!

  • I totally identify with this. Thank you!!

  • Babs Iverson8 days ago

    Loved it!!!

  • Breaks are good, glad you are back. I always enjoy your stories :)

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