So you’re feeling the strain of your ambitious New Year’s resolutions to write or publish your writing this year? Rest assured you’re not alone! So many people start off the new year with all the best intentions which are quickly dashed by the reality of every day life and re-prioritized needs – it happens to all of us.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? Well, I may not have all the answers, but I do have one trick that works for me.
You don’t need a super hero or madman in a blue box to save the day and keep the writer’s block away… you just need to stop being so hard on yourself and remember why you do this. Fun.
So today the words aren’t coming. Maybe you’re eager to finish your first novel or have a deadline hanging over your head – what happens? You get frustrated. You get down on yourself. You question your talent, your resolve to do this, and a thousand other things that only a truly creative person (like yourself) could dream up… not that this is any consolation. You’re still not writing what you need to be writing, right?
WRONG. Feed your creativity. Feed it some fun. Sit down, write about anything. Write about your favorite TV show, your favorite book, tell me a story all about what happened to that favorite character of yours after their story was done! We all started out telling stories not because we hoped to be millionaires (though, we’d be liars if we said we’d be unhappy with such an outcome now) instead we did it because it made us and others happy.
So set aside the thing that you think you need to be doing, the project that is eating your brain alive – the one that is making you stare blankly at the screen or spend hours of procrastination on social media… and write something else, namely something silly and fun that has no other purpose except to get the words coming out of you again.
Believe it or not, your stress isn’t helping matters… in fact, it’s making things worse. The longer you allow yourself to spend in that dark place where you think you can’t possibly get out words… the more true it’s going to become. Let your thinking muscle take a rest and let your creativity run wild. What do you have to lose?
“But Dee – I’ll just feel like I’m wasting time working on a new project – especially one that isn’t furthering my career!”
Look, I get you. God, do I get that! However, if you can’t write what you want to be writing right now, the time is going to pass anyhow. You can either give your brain a little recoup time (a vacation if you will) or you can keep stressing and hope the writing fairies come along and reward you with a shiny brand new muse. Now, if you’ve done this before (as many of us have) I bet you know how it ends. Normally it ends with a lot of frustration and very little productivity. So, again, what do you have to lose?
GO HAVE SOME FUN!