Hello, hello! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day or Excuse for Chocolate Day or whatever you want to call Thursday. I have no plans, but I do have chocolate. Huzzah! Anyway, that’s tomorrow. Today is about confessions of a writerly nature. Namely, I haven’t done anything productive since January 20th (the day before the sickness of doom took over). Yeah, I can blame the illness for about two weeks worth of laziness, but what about the last week and a half? I had no excuse for vegging out. So, I thought I would talk a little about what some people call writer’s block and my plan to deal with it.
First off, I want to say that I don’t particularly like the term “writer’s block.” It sounds like something that just happens, something you have no control over. For some people, that might be true. Other people might enjoy having the excuse, being able to say that their lack of writing time is out of their control. Not me. I fully acknowledge that when I’m not writing, I’m usually procrastinating. It’s rare for me to run out of words, at least on fictional things. Motivation is my biggest issue. And sometimes, I admit that the procrastination bug digs deep and stubbornly refuses to let go. It’s what’s happening right now. My motivation is low due to an influx of rejections I’ve been expecting (because of my year-end submissions that are just now being looked at). It’s hard to want to write and revise when you keep getting told “it’s not for us, but good luck elsewhere.” So, when the opportunity to procrastinate presented itself, I didn’t bother fighting it.
However, it’s about time for me to get over myself and get back to writing regularly. Before the sickness decided to knock out all my will to work, I was actually struggling back into a decent rhythm. How? I joined a sprint group and one of the leaders happens to write around the same time I do during the week (early evening). So, I have the support of checking in after each sprint and being held accountable. Even if the leaders aren’t doing sprints, I can still create my own sprints and see if anyone wants to join me. It’s a super helpful group for me and I plan to get back into it this week.
Aside from the sprint group, I need to find other forms of motivation as well, otherwise I know I’ll eventually fall back into the procrastination pit. The problem is that I don’t respond well to self-appointed rewards. Mostly because I usually forgo the rewards. I promise myself anime or manga and by the time I get everything done, I’m either too lazy to find something to watch/read or it’s time for dinner and TV with Dad. I guess all I can do is keep trying different things until I find something that works for me.
What about you? How do you battle writer’s block or the procrastination bug? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments here or on my social media pages!