It’s a challenge to get to the writing computer for me lately. It seems I’m suffering from some weird form of writer’s block, but it’s the weirdness that gets me.
I have a bunch of ideas, and even have had some scenes pop into my head at random. But I still haven’t been able to get my BICFOK on.
So, what’s a lazy writer to do?
There’s no shortage of advice on the Internet for writers. If you want some guidance, input, or viewpoint on getting time to write, you will most certainly find it.
Jeff Goins even wrote a book on it.
One thing I haven’t tried yet, though, is blogging my book. I seem to have a bit of stuff to say about writing, even though I’m not doing it, and I need to practice anyway. If I simply shift focus from blogging (“blahging”?) to fiction, that gives me the practice I need, but how hard is that transition?
I’m trying to develop my own voice, my unique style and manner in writing. And it’s no mean feat, I have to tell you. I guess getting that first million through would be a big help, it’s just that I’m not producing.
And I remain skeptical that blogging fiction would help being productive. I have to produce somehow, but if I’m in a dry spell, how will that be broken by changing where the fiction is visible?
Maybe it won’t. Maybe what will change is only the when of the writing. Should I discover, however, that I’m far more creative during hours which belong to my employer, how do I reconcile that?
Also, what if I get caught up in it? Some writers maintain just the act of writing sparks their creativity. I’m not sure if it will or not for me, but it can’t be worse than not trying.
Other writers swear by challenges and streaks. They work toward completing a challenge of some kind – a story a week, or a novel a month, or a chapter, scene, or word count per day. Meeting that challenge drives them forward and they write, even if it’s something they’re not happy with later. Still others say keeping a streak alive is enough to drive them onward; I’ve written x-number of days in a row, I can’t stop now. That sort of thing.
So there are lots of ways to motivate myself to writing. The real challenge for me is in coming up with a challenge I can meet. Setting myself up for failure does me no good. I just need to get myself moving, writing again. I want the practice. But I need to be consistent. And I need to learn how to make myself write even when I don’t want to.
Anybody got any sneaky methods for getting themselves motivated? I can use all the help you’ve got. 🙂
Happy Friday, y’all!
See you next time.