Have you ever listened to Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out”? It is one of my perennial favorites. Sometimes, when I hit an all-time low, or if I find myself sinking into one of those days when my mood swings like a pendulum between blah and murderous rage, I immediately stick my earphones in and listen to this song. It makes me want to dance my demons away (although that may not be what the song is actually implying).
It feels quite the same when the urge to write leaves me. Thoughts like “that’s been said before”, you wouldn’t be writing anything new” or simply “that’s stupid why would you want to write about inane things like that”. It’s true — we are our own worst enemies. But I have found out that it is during these times of self-deprecation that it is best to just write.
Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” I would say the same about writing. When my inner demon won’t shut up, I say “write”.
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back. So shake him off, ooh woah!