So you may, or may not, know but in the last few months I have been working on three different projects – I know, I’m a lunatic woman! – and this month I am trying to write 30,000 words on one of those projects. I task that I am heading for with a bunch of others, a challenge that was set up by Karen Mahoney – and is officially called KazNo2013.
But, unfortunately, the last month or so, I’ve also had a bit of a writers block. It’s not so much as the ideas are not coming to me because they are, it is more that the words just aren’t coming to me – or at the very least, the motivation to write those words down. I would finish work and the idea of jumping straight back onto a computer just sort of crumples me and so instead I pick up a book or turn on the television and then I’m done for the night and hence I do not get any words written.
Thus, I thought that this challenge would be the perfect opportunity for me. I would be somehow motivated to write 30,000 words in a month. I would just sit in front of the laptop and the words would flow out of me and naturally appear on that document and I would be filled with an overwhelming sence of joy.
But it hasn’t happened… yet.
The problem? I don’t want to blame it on this entirely, but I got a full time working position. Not something I knew about before August and so now I have even less time and even less motivation to actually write. Add in the fact that I’ve had a cold which is also draining my energy every day and you’ll easily see why I just can’t find it in me to type a single word.
But really, I know this is all just an excuse. As a writer, I should be writing every day, regardless. And it kills me that I’m not because I used to. I used to write every day without fail because if I didn’t then it would feel like a part of me was missing – a bit like it does at the moment. And yet, I still can’t seem to find these words that I need to put them on the paper.
So I am writing this post today to ask for YOUR help.
When you feel like you really don’t have it in you to write, or even something else you love, how do you help to motivate yourself back into it? Is it something I should just leave and let naturally return, or should I be forcing myself to write, even if it’s just a sentence a day?
What do you think?