Have you ever gotten to a point in your life as a writer where you’ve spent so much time and energy on other things that you’ve no time for creative endeavors? Or maybe it’s not an issue of time; maybe you have no energy or creative spark to fuel even a journal entry.
That’s what’s happened to me and it’s landed me in the realm of missing muses. So what’s a writer to do when they can’t find the energy or motivation to write?
I’m really not sure. My answer as of late has been to laze about in my spare time. But that hasn’t helped much. It just makes me antsy about not being true to my love of writing.
So I’ve entered into phase two of my plan – just write. I’m going to write without plan or clear purpose and see what comes out. I’ll write descriptions of days, things, and people. Who knows, maybe some of it will help set the stage for a story. Or maybe it’ll just give me a chance to flex my writing muscles in a much needed workout.
What do you do when you suffer from creative brain drain or when life takes over your writing time?
As writers, we encounter a lot of problems. Probably the most talked about problem is when people ask us if we’re still writing (which, I guess is a good conversation starter, but is kind of frustrating because the emphasis is usually on “still“). :p
But there are lots of other ones like:
#1. Fearing and loathing editing. Then guilt-tripping yourself about not doing it, because why not? :p
#2. Figuring out how to describe body placement and movement in a fight scene (or, let’s be honest – a sex scene). This gets trickier if you have multiple of these scenes in your book and want to keep the language fresh.
#3. Hoping someone’s eyes don’t glaze over when you explain your story’s concept.
#4. Spell check hating your name or your characters’ names.
#5. The conundrum of double spaces betwixt sentences – should I? Or should I not? Or should I Google other people’s thoughts on it for the next…hmm 3 hours.
#6. Fighting the urge to tell someone that they’re acting just like one of your characters. Because it makes you sound weird and a little creepy.
#7. Missing your characters when you’re finished with your book.
#8. Your obsession with notebooks (Moleskin!!), pens (it’s so tricky to find a really good one), and/or typewriters.