Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve finally started dipping my toes back into the pool of writing fiction. I’m finally developing a story idea into a real book after more than a year of “absent creativity”—and at last, I had a revelation: my creativity hadn’t really been gone; it had merely been asleep, recharging.
When I was a teenager, my dream was to be a novelist. I would sit in my room at my desk for hours, plotting, writing, editing. The “life of a writer” consumed me. This was all I ever wanted: for it to be me, my characters, and my world. And of course, one day, a best-selling novel. But things didn’t quite work out that way.
We all have those days, right? The days when we feel anything but creative, and instead end up exhausted, burnt out, and unmotivated. I’ve had quite a few of those days recently, and they’re tough. It’s hard to get past the dead-zone and get to work.
Feeling unmotivated is one of the most frustrating and discouraging things we face as creatives. I mean, we want to do our best work, after all, don’t we? So what’s the problem? What’s causing this void in the creative well?
Whether you’re creating content for your blog or working on a new book, you’re got to admit something—writing, especially good writing—is hard. And it doesn’t help that we writers are usually somewhat perfectionist.
We all want to stand out, don’t we? To rise above the noise of this world and make an impact. We want our voices to be heard. But with all the clutter and grime in today’s society, how will we ever break through and shine?
Putting out quality work is a high priority for committed creatives and we often find ourselves under a lot of pressure, striving to do our best work—not just sometimes, but every day. And it’s not always easy.
Creating valuable content on a regular basis can be a struggle. Whether you attribute it to writer’s block, lack of inspiration, or lack of motivation, it often feels like an uphill battle. But usually, you’re fighting something completely different.
Thanksgiving is over and everywhere Christmas is in the air. You literally inhale it when you walk into a store: pine and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla spice. And that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts.
Writers can be sometimes difficult to shop for. I mean, there are always notebooks and pens, but haven’t you done that every year? Maybe it’s time for something new—something a little more unique.
Writing is hard. Every time you sit down to work, you must transfer the deepest parts of yourself onto a two-dimensional, white surface while being mocked by a blinking cursor. And it never gets any easier.
I’ve seen writers who are some of the bravest people you will ever meet, and others who are the most cowardly. And the reason that writing never gets any easier is because the act of putting words on paper is a constant battle between the two.