Have you ever had those days when writing for even 10 minutes straight makes you feel alive? You could sit here forever and keep writing. You’re an absolute beast. You’re going to finish this thing. This is what you were born to do.
A great feeling. But we don’t always feel that way. Writing is a hobby that some people manage to turn into a career. If you’re going through a spell where you just don’t feel enthusiastic about what you’re writing, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. It’s just part of the writing life.
Writing can be a small part of your life and still matter
You don’t have to focus every free moment you have on writing. Especially when you’re exhausted and you just want to lounge around, or you want to hang out with friends, or you have something else you need to focus on more. Just because you’re not making writing your priority today or this week doesn’t mean you can’t still put a little time into it every day. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t. Sometimes, we burn out. It’s okay to lighten your own load a little.
Writing isn’t always ‘just for fun’
Any activity we engage in that uses our brains uses up energy. So if writing makes you feel tired and drained, that doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t enjoying it. It means you’re working. Yes – writing counts as work. You won’t always be able to use writing as a method for relaxing and winding down. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it.
You don’t always have to write to be productive
Sometimes, you want to write, but you don’t want to write any part of the novel or short story you’re currently working on. You just want to write something completely random. That’s completely normal. It’s healthy just to write for the fun of it every once in awhile without having to worry about whether or not it’s any good. We have to go back to that mindset every now and again. Not everything we write has to be seen by other people.
Make sure you’re writing things you want to write
Sometimes we lose interest in what we’re working on. It happens every once in awhile. But if you’re consistently dreading having to sit down and work on your latest writing project, that might be a sign that you’re not exactly on the right track. There is nothing wrong with unfinished projects. Sometimes we come up with what seems like a good idea at the time, but it turns out not to be what we want to develop right now. You are allowed to put things to the side. For real.
What you’re feeling could be completely external. You’re stressed. There’s a lot going on in your life. The way we’re feeling and the things we’re dealing with do affect our writing. Be patient. You’ll get back to your keyboard. This lack of enthusiasm is hard to deal with, but it doesn’t last forever. Never think you’re not allowed to step away for awhile. You can always come back.
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