I see a lot of discussion online about writer’s block and ways to overcome it.
This week, I saw a post from someone who asked what you do when you just don’t want to write. Not blocked. Just disinclined.
Huh. Now that’s an interesting question
Well, some people don’t want to write because they aren’t really committed to writing- but even for the most committed, there are time when you just don’t feel like it.
So here’s a quick list of things to do then.
- Have you drunk water lately? Dehydration can slow your brain to a crawl and make you groggy. Drink water
- Have you eaten recently? Low blood sugar, just like dehydration, can make you sleepy and unmotivated
- How long have you been sitting in one position? Sometimes you just need to get up and move around a little to chase out the cobwebs
- Are you tired? Yes I know you have a deadline, but if you aven’t gotten enough sleep (and how much that is varies for every person) both your motivation and our ability to write will shut down
- Are you stuck on one point in your manuscript? Try jumping ahead and working on a different part that is speaking to you.
- Have you been at this for hours? Take a break and do something different for a finite period of time- but be sure to come right back
- Are you coming down with something? I find the first signs of an oncoming cold or flu are frequently distractability or a lack of focus
- Is there something more urgent you should be attending to? I know writing is very important, but if your toilet is overflowing, your house is on fire or you’ve promised to take your significant other to dinner, sometimes its hard to focus
- Is this manuscript getting stale or turning out to be unsatisfying? Either take a break and write something different or see what you can do to make this more interesting again. Throw in some ninjas- ninjas always lighten everything up.
- Finally, sometimes you just need to write, whether you feel like it or not. When you’re moving beyond dabbling, you need to build writing discipline, just like building muscle in a gym- and that means writing regularly, not just when the spirit so moves you. Set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes and just keep writing, whether you feel like it or not
You can do it- and the more you do it, the less you’ll have to fight inertia in order to write
Now go tell some stories….
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