"I talk to God but the sky is empty". Sylvia Plath.
You think everything is going great and then all of a sudden the 'Black Dog' appears and bites you. The isolation of the countryside (I am a smallholder) and hours and hours in solitary confinement (sat in my study tapping the computer keys) all help to make the black dog manifest.
Depression and creativity are said to be very closely linked. I personally think its the lack of control that makes the writer so frustrated and depressed. We're always waiting for that email, letter, blog comment, Amazon book rating...? The one that says:
"We like your work".
The one that brings home the bacon and you feel that you have provided.
There's only one way to cure the 'Black Dog blues'.
Write through it!
Thanks for reading.