Thank you for this. I feel less alone as a writer here, now, seeing we all go through this in our won ways.
For the past few months I have been on a very intensive (and structured) diet shift that made my mind not work like it normally does. I thought I was writing well, and Medium didn’t. I was writing and felt excited about what I put out there, and then, nothing. I had to shift and finally acknowledge that what I was doing with my diet, as well as everything else going on in my personal life, was indeed impacting how I was writing, and the ways in which I was gauging what was “good”.
Now, when I write, I just try to write about whatever has me feel inspired and excited. I write about what I personally connect to. And, I always assume I can never predict what will be the right equation to get me featured or brought through a publication.
I have given up on writing for outcome, and have secured income I depend upon from something else. Maybe I am not meant to be a writer making tons of money, but I figure some people out there will resonate with things I write, and it will help them.
And, for when I just cannot find that flow and am being hard on myself, I give myself permission to step back, read more, and write less or don’t write at all.
This is all a process, mind you. A practice I do every day.