Writer’s Blog

How to Keep Creating.

Even when you don’t feel like it.

There are down days when it comes to writing. There are days that you stare at your computer from across the room. You dread your workload. You dread everything about that work that you chose to do. You feel guilty because you don’t want to do it. You wanted to be a writer, right?

So do it, write.

Forcing yourself like that will never get the job done, at least it won’t get it done well. You can force yourself to write through sticky situations and feel miserable about the whole process. Or you can take a step back, examine your goals, readjust your mindset and get back to work.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on readjusting my approach to work. Today I didn’t feel like writing. My numbers for this month are low, I’m not feeling that well, and I’m running on about three hours sleep.

Writing is the last thing that I want to do.

What I really want to do is change into my pyjamas and climb back into bed. So how did I get from ‘I want to climb into bed’ to sitting at my desk writing?

It was simple, really.

I needed to get my writing done, and once I finish this article, I’m going to crawl into bed with a cuppa tea.

I’m rewarding myself.

Sometimes when work seems intimidating or unappealing, we get it into our heads that the tasks themselves are difficult.

We have to take the time to deconstruct our big ideas and cut them into more manageable sizes.

  1. Open my computer
  2. Take a sip of my coffee
  3. Think of an article idea
  4. Write down the titles
  5. Write the opening paragraph
  6. Keep writing until you feel like stopping

I haven’t gotten to the next part, but I will have done by the time you’re reading this so I’ll put that in there too!

7. Proofread the article
8.Run it through proofreading software
9. Edit the page
10. Put in some nice images
11. Publish

There you have it. That’s just 11 steps. I can do that.

The thing is that sometimes even looking at the 11 steps can be intimidating. I have to allow myself to only focus on one at a time.

I did each of these things without thinking about the next item on the list.

If I did that it would have made me panic. It would have been too much. At the moment, I’m just focusing on writing until I feel like stopping. When I feel like I’m done, I won’t push myself any further. (step six)

I’m creating at the moment and on days like this, forcing myself to hit a word limit won’t encourage me to write. Writing until I feel like I’ve covered everything that I want to will make me feel productive and encouraged!

Writing doesn’t have to be this big complicated, intimidating movement. Sometimes it can just be a letter at a time. We don’t always have to think about the grand scheme of things and overanalyse our work for the day. Sometimes just typing is genuinely enough!

Now, I really want that nap, so I’m going to move onto step number seven. As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf!

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