Kat Cho

My Fallow Periods

I’m back!

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Hello strangers, remember me? I’m the person that’s supposed to keep this blog updated, even though I haven’t posted in MONTHS. I apologize for my LONG absence, but to be fair you can still find me pretty regularly over at Writer’s Block Party! And I have been much better at keeping up my new(ish) Authortube/Booktube vlog over at YouTube.

STILL, this blog was my first love and I’ve been horrible at keeping it updated. Partly because I did want to try out those other formats of connecting with everyone (vlogging is fun but time consuming, y’all!)

Also, because my writing has…not been going well. So, I thought I might talk about fallow periods and the search for motivation and inspiration when you’re a writer or a creator.

According to Cambridge dictionary “fallow” means: Fallow land is not planted with crops, in order to improve the quality of the soil A fallow period of time is one in which very little happens.

But Mirriam-Webster has a girl’s back because this is the first thing that pops up in their definition:

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Way to both support and subtweet me Mirriam-Webster!

ANYWAY! You get the gist. It’s a period of time where a writer is not writing. There should be a sub-definition that says “a period of time where a writer questions all their life choices and regrets everything.”

The idea of a fallow period for writers is not new. However, if you look at the origin of the word it’s a time when fields don’t produce crops, but it’s ALSO a time when the fields are regenerating nutrients to be able to grow crops again! This definitely changed my view on the time periods when I couldn’t write and how I would treat them. This idea was first presented to me when a CP sent me this post.

So, instead of just seeing periods of time where I’m not creating as a negative, I see it as a chance to rejuvinate my creative well and to refresh my mind. I try to read all the books I couldn’t concentrate on when I was actively writing or revising. I use it to watch all the shows I’d been missing out on. And I pursue other creative endeavors because I know that when I’m actively writing I can’t do many other creative things at the same time. So, right now that’s being more active on my Instagram

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And on my youtube channel!

Still, the idea of most of the things I’m doing is to work toward being able to write again. So I try to find inspiration and motivation in everything I do. I keep journals and lists of ideas as they come to me. And I try to let myself write if I want to, but I don’t set any deadlines and let it just flow naturally. This way, I find that most of the things I end up writing during my fallow periods is very personal and it helps to bring my stories closer to my heart.

What do you guys do during your fallow periods? How do you refill your creative wells?

3 Responses to “My Fallow Periods”

  1. Nafiza says:

    Dear Kat,

    Let me tell you something I learned in all those biology classes I took that focused on fungi (Lord knows why). Fungi have this absorption period in which they absorb goods, nutrients, whatever their little fungi hearts desire. And then when they have absorbed everything they possibly can, they bloom or er become mushrooms.

    So if we consider this an analogy (look, I’m sorry but I’ve applied this to myself and you’re going to have to indulge me), this is your absorption period. Absorb as much life, inspiration, other types of creativity, you want and then when you are done, you can become a little mushroom. I mean, create a mushroom. No, that’s not it. I mean, write. Sorry, cold meds make me woozy.

    I think you will be the mushroomiest mushroom out there. <3

  2. Hi, Kat! I love that my post on fallow periods was helpful to you. I definitely think we all go through periods when we need to allow that rejuvenation to happen. Always remember to be gentle, kind, and patient with yourself and your words. I wish you the best!

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