What to do when you dont feel like writing

yum, fried egg

I felt this best illustrated the current state of my creativity.

Right now, I’m resistant.

I don’t know what I’m resistant to, but I’m resistant.

In fact, I don’t feel like doing much of anything at all.

I eyed my laptop for a good 30 minutes, trying to do ANYTHING but write on it. Heck I even started picking cat hair off the blanket of the bed I’m sitting on.

I just didn’t want to freaking write.

And to be honest, I still don’t want to write.

Yet here I am, plodding away on this rubbed-out keyboard. My mind is fairly blank. And I’m not sure what to tell you.

Except for one thing.

I’m doing something.

Yes that’s right. Here it is, my crowning achievement of the day. A good 40 or so words on this currently half-filled page– and going!

You might look at me with a raised eyebrow, but by god, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now.

I can picture it – walking up to the podium to receive my medal of writing glory.

“For tapping out 40-something words on a word document when she felt like watching dust mote migration patterns!”

You might wonder what the point of this little blurb is.

If you’re still reading this, you might even be questioning your life choices, considering this is how you’re spending your time.

Don’t fret, I’ll dig up a point for you.

Willpower. Drive. Being willing to take the first step – even if that step seems silly and pointless.

You see, those first few lines I wrote, as painful and gut-wrenching as they were for me, helped ease me into action.

What action you say? Well the action of writing up THIS very post.

I have created something where there was once only blank space.

This piece of writing would have never existed if I didn’t take the chance to sit down and write it.

Now before you run off to nominate me for well-deserved awards for this work of literary gold, I humbly ask you to consider what I did here.

I took the time not only to pull myself out of a ‘writer’s rut’ – but I also bared my soul to you here.

I want you to find comfort that even seasoned, professional writers still have days where they wake up and struggle with their craft.

Heck, ESPECIALLY seasoned writers!

So take the time to write out a sentence or two. I don’t care if it’s “Ate beans. Still can’t fly.”

Just go on and do it. Grumble now, and thank me later.

I DIDN’T READ RECAP: Doing something takes less energy and effort than resisting doing something. So do something!

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One Response to What to do when you dont feel like writing

  1. Lauren April 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Lovely post, Danielle!

    It actually reminded me a lot of the advice in Julie Fast’s “Get It Done When You’re Depressed.”

    I often struggle with doing something–anything!–when I’m depressed (which is pretty much all the time). So learning to cheer for small victories is pretty much the only thing that leads to BIG victories ever happening.

    Hopefully your post will give hope others who are struggling. And getting permission from a pro to cheer for the little things is always a plus. :)

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