First things first: I apologize for dropping off the grid. Sort of.
You see, it's actually been really nice, this off-grid lifestyle I've been living. The space in one's life is limited, and I had no idea how much space "media" takes up. It's a bold but quiet and insidious invasion of purpose. I've loved pushing it away.
Lately, I've spent time writing. And by writing, I mean living life more fully. Delving into the way the sunlight feels differently in the spring than the fall. Delving into the absolute dark of the night without a moon. Delving into the discomfort of real silence.
Delving, delving, delving.
I have also been doing some very important self-work, but that's a story for another day—or never, most likely. All I'll say is this: Writing is a hell of a lot easier when you've got your mind right for once, when everything can be seen more clearly. When you're not too sensitive to break yourself open, to take a bold look at everything that you've ever been or become, and apply it to your written work.
All of this is really just to say that writing isn't just typing. I've felt and understood that more than ever lately, and I think it's important that every creative embrace this perspective. Sure, a very large part of finding success in writing is sitting down and typing at a computer for an astounding amount of time, but that does come easier after having taken a step back. After a short or long break. After doing some anecdotal research.
So, if you're feeling overwhelmed, this is your message to step back. To keep stepping back, if that's what it takes. I know the writing community loves to poo-poo writing only when you feel inspired, but that's when the magic really happens. So find that muse, friends. Chase it.