If you are a writer, professional or otherwise I’m sure you have experienced this at some point – the dreaded writer’s block.
You might think that because I have still managed to get a post out each day this week that I don’t have that problem, but the thing is I do. That is why I am writing this post today.
Normally I have a number of posts scheduled in advance and even when I don’t it is usually easy to come up with something to write about each day. Heck, even right now I have a list of ideas for posts, and yet the words just won’t come.
I know the underlying cause is actually my current apathy towards most things, but normally even when I am having difficulty feeling up to getting dressed each day (the curse of the BPD lows/depression) I can still write. Writing is often my saving grace that eventually spurs me into motion in other areas, it lifts me, my mood and encourages me to keep on keeping on. But not this time, this time I don’t even feel like writing.
So, what have I done to tackle this affliction?
Well first off I forced myself to write for others, deadline’s to be met. I wrote two posts that I am being paid for (money is always a good motivator right? lol) and I wrote a guest post for This Week in Mentalists. All well and good I met my deadlines and I think (if I do say so myself) I did a pretty good job of the content.
Next, I decided to have a night off and go to the cinema, this turned out to be a very good move as I enjoyed the film so much I came straight home and wrote a review of it which went up here yesterday.
But, despite this I am still lost for words. I have looked at my list of topics to write about and cannot get started on a single one. Instead I thought I would write about not being able to write.
Usually doing something different, taking a break from the frustration of not being able to write, eases the problem. After all the frustration that arises from not being able to write only makes the problem worse as you begin to stress about the fact that the words won’t flow!
Doing something else, be it reading, cinema, going out somewhere different these are often the kinds of things that will arouse inspiration, I really thought it had worked when I felt so compelled to review Battleship so immediately, but it didn’t stay, it didn’t roll over into the other areas of my writing brain
I’m lost for ideas now, how to get the writing mojo back?
Maybe you guys reading might have some tips to help me get my mojo back again?
I need to get back on the writing horse quickly, not only so I can keep up my regular posting schedule here but because in a couple of weeks time I am going on an Arvon writing course and I also have my work’s in progress to keep on top of, if I don’t ever finish writing the first drafts of these books I am never going to have a chance of getting them published am I??
I really want to make sure I have posts scheduled in advance for the week I am away so that my blog doesn’t flounder in my absence! and I’m sure my beloved readers would be amiss without my daily input!?
Well, I’m going to go and have a try at putting together my Flash Fiction Friday piece, I hope the words will just flow if I can get the right prompt. After that who knows what will happen. I hope it will kickstart the inspiration and motivation and I will just end up churning out a number of great posts, if not – yikes I’m screwed!
So come on guy’s, give me your tips for getting back in the writing mood!
Any help gratefully received!
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