I’m stuck! I have really great ideas, but lately I feel very ‘stuck’ when it comes to my writing. I am having a really hard time sitting down and putting words on a page.
I have lots of excuses;
-I really have been busy planning my daughter’s wedding
-I am working a lot more hours than I did last year (which is actually a really good thing cuz we can sure use the extra money)
but the simple truth is those are just excuses. The real problem is that I am feeling unmotivated. Writing has become a struggle for me and I am finding it hard to even write a simple blog post, let alone work on one of the novels that I have started.
As an author, when this happens I really only have two choices.
1) I can choose to take a break, and not beat myself up about it. Writing is a creative process and being able to write doesn’t always fit neatly into a prescribed schedule. Being able to step away from your writing projects can help offer some clarity, and you can resume writing with a fresh new perspective. As long as the break doesn’t last too long this is an option.
2) I can try the old ‘gut it out & fake it until you make it’ approach. I can just push through, by sitting in front of my computer each day and trying to get something on the page. May famous writers have shared that they do set a minimum daily writing goal for themselves. Rain or shine – just like the post office, each day they deliver. Eventually the words will come back if I just keep trying.
Whichever method I use, it is up to me to weather this writing drought and not give up.