Hi SEers, John is with you today. I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend. I know I am. Today’s post is all about providing some perspective on those times when no matter how much a writer knows they should get to their writing, they just dread it. I have had those moments. It’s that awful time where writing sounds like it will be a miserable experience.
These times may not last long, but while they are there, they become a cause for unreasonable concern about the future as a writer. I mention unreasonable since, like most things that go bump in the night, these concerns under the white-hot light of reality tend to fall away.
So, what kind of white-hot light can be switched on to expose these feelings of not wanting to write to a reality check. The title of this post gives a hint. Some things can be said out loud that will chase the specter of doubt to St Louis. I am suggesting some things can be said when faced with a lack of desire to write. Once any of these are expressed, writing will take on a revitalized characteristic. Some of these are meant to be humorous to show how laughable it is not wanting to write.
What to say if the desire to write is missing.
1 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go grocery shopping.” Personally, I would rather get a root canal than go grocery shopping, so saying that would get my butt in the chair fast.
2 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go clean the garage.” First of all, it’s cold out there. Second of all, I would rather go grocery shopping than clean the garage. Again, butt in the chair.
3 “Instead of writing, I’m going to ask the kids if they need help with homework.” Truly a self-destructive alternative. Even though there are no kids in my house, I think contemplating helping with homework in a house with kids might be the cure.
4 “Instead of writing, I’m going to volunteer to chaperon the high school dance.” I mentioned some were humorous. I did not say some were downright dangerous. This would be the equivalent of running off a cliff.
5 “Instead of writing, I’m going to do the ironing.” Yes, it has to be done, but as a conscious decision over writing? Faced with some steam time, I think I would head for the writing desk.
6 “Instead of writing, I’m going to give the dog a bath.” If anyone knew my dogs, then they would understand that just the idea would have me pounding out a thousand words an hour.
7 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go wax the car.” I can’t think of an activity that I enjoy less than putting a coat of wax on the car. Besides, does anyone do that anymore?
8 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go remove the wallpaper in the bathroom.” Yeah, no.
9 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go and clean the gutters.” Said no writer, ever.
10 “Instead of writing, I’m going to go on Twitter and read all the trending political rants.” If anyone has ever read those trending statements, they know that action could be something to push one over the edge.
Writing can be the best choice when taken in context, even if there is no desire to do it. It is all a matter of not letting the mind take control of those things that we should be happy to do even if they present a challenge. In the end, after the reluctance to write is overcome, the fun is still there.
How about you? Had struggles with the desire to write lately? If so, how did you overcome them? Let’s talk in the comment section. I hope you have a super weekend.