When was the last time you woke up and had the fierce burning desire to do absolutely nothing?
You weren’t tired or discouraged or burnt out, just lacking the motivation to get up and actually get some writing done.
For me, that was this morning.
I’ve spent the past few weeks editing my first ever completed original novel, Forsake, part one of a trilogy, and I’m still on chapter one. This is the sixth draft. I’ve had different mood beginnings, from happy-then-suddenly-filled-with-terror to so-filled-with-dread-its-impossible-to-not-see-the-drama-coming, and I’ve loved them all.
Until I didn’t.
But I’m determined to self-publish by the beginning of next year, and want to begin marketing and advertising by the end of this year, so I need to have the book done. So I’ve been working on it non-stop,
ignoring failing to successfully juggle that and my other novels-in-progress and my blogs. It’s been a brain-wringing time. I would not recommend.
I would not recommend it to myself, either, which is why I’m here, blogging, instead of writing. I don’t want to.
So how do you get rid of the un-motivation bug? Well, that depends. If your bug is actually a non-motivation bug and not a ugh-if-I-see-another-word-I-am-going-to-scream-my-brain-is-mush-leave-me-to-die, then it’s pretty easy to shake. Treatment methods include writing anyway, writing something else, like a blog post, listening to music of either the worded or un-worded variety, doodling, eating, standing up and spinning on the spot, really anything that gets your body, and hence your mind, out of feeling like a giant ball of lumpy clay. Exercise works amazing for this as well, but I often have less motivation for that than anything else so…
If you have the ugh-if-I-see-another-word-I-am-going-to-scream-my-brain-is-mush-leave-me-to-die bug, then you shouldn’t be reading this. Go to bed. Shoo. We don’t want you to die.
In the spirit of getting past the icky feeling of not-wanting to write (or do anything, really), how about we all take a moment to breathe. Inhale. Hold. Hold. HOLD IT! Exhale. Better?