When I saw this prompt for Writers Reveal, I thought EASY! I can always write. Writing is my form of release. When life gives me lemons, I write about anything. Perhaps even lemonade.
Then I tried to elaborate. And I hit a brick wall. Oh, sweet irony.
I didn’t know where to go from there. What do you do when the lemons you’re given take the form of writer’s block?
I flicked back through my blog posts for examples. And I realised that for every la-dee-dah, life is beautiful post I’ve written, there’s (at least) one other inspired by something less than impressive.
When life gives me mummy wars, I rewrite some song lyrics. When life gives me a crap Budget announcement, I… rewrite some song lyrics. (I also get more requests from financial services companies to write updates and newsletters, so that particular lemon certainly became lemonade for a short while.)
And when life gives me a bad day, I… well what do you know, I rewrite more song lyrics. I sense a theme here.
When life gives me a shoulder injury, I take a rare selfie and bemoan the things I can no longer do.
When life gives me judgey judgersons, I write ranty posts that open more writing doors than any airy fairy posts ever did.
It’s nice when life gives you sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, everything that’s wonderful… (Sorry. I promise not to write any more song lyrics in this post.)
But when life gives you lemons, there’s still plenty to write about. In fact, it gives you something to write about.
If nothing else, you could always write a recipe for lemonade.
Each month, I receive a writing prompt as part of a link-up called Writers Reveal. This post was inspired by the prompt ‘When life gives you lemons… how do you keep on writing?’ from Melissa at Melissa Writes.
You can see what everyone else has done with the same prompt at:
Do you write? How do you keep writing when life is less than fun?