This is Why You Feel Disconnected to Your Writing
Why aren’t you reading?
You haven’t gotten an article written in weeks, you’re behind on your deadlines, and you’re telling yourself that it’s because you’re uninspired. You sit down to write, and it feels like you’re pushing a car out of the mud, wiping the sweat from your forehead, wondering when it’s going to give.
Ask yourself this, “have you been reading?”Yes, you’re busy, you have clients depending on you to get your work done, and you’ve convinced yourself that you’ll get back to it once you have time. That’s your first mistake. As a writer, reading is what’s going to stimulate those ideas and help you make sense of your work.
I used to procrastinate my writing to the point where the very idea of it would fill me with dread because I was afraid. I’d ask myself, “why do I no longer feel like writing? I used to do it for fun.”
One morning, I woke up exhausted, overwhelmed, and upset that I hadn’t been writing as much as I would’ve liked. I knew I needed to clear my head, but I wasn’t in the mood to scroll mindlessly through my social media feeds. Instead, I picked up a book and started reading.
It changed everything.
I read an article by Nick Wignall recently that opened my eyes to an area of my life I wasn’t giving enough attention. He spoke about the idea of procrastinating productively, and the minute I read that, I realized just how important it was to stop trying to eliminate the procrastination, but reframe it instead.
It allowed me to see that there wasn’t any room in my day for“wasted time,” and I could still take breaks throughout my daily writing that would benefit me.
When in doubt, read something
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz.
It will clear your mind, open it up to new ideas and possibilities while giving you the push you need to get back to enjoying what you do. Ever since I started changing the way I procrastinated, I began to get excited about the process in a way I hadn’t in months.
Now, any time I feel stuck, or I’m too overwhelmed to contemplate starting, I pick up something to read. It doesn’t matter what or where, as long as it helps me escape and think freely for a little while.
Develop what you write with what you read
Writers have a lot to say, and they do it in a way that makes you want to pay attention. Don’t ever stop learning more, playing around with new ideas, and challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone.
Your words are powerful. They mean something, and if you find that your writing has been lacking or you don’t want to do it as often as you used to, take the time to read something that inspires you.
Once your creativity starts to flow effortlessly again, and those ideas start to flood your mind, you’ll have a place to start making changes. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to stop complaining about how uninspired I feel and learn to do something about it.
Why aren’t you reading?
Seriously, it will do wonders for you. Don’t let it get lost under the mounds of work that needs to be done, and don’t make excuses to eliminate it from your workday.
It may be just what you need to get back to writing stories that you’re undoubtedly proud of. It was a simple fix, but the effects were massive, and I couldn’t believe it took me this long to figure that out.
No matter how busy you are, you can set aside five minutes to read something that captures your attention.
It just might change your life.
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