Not proud to say this: a few weeks ago, I told a friend of mine that writing isn’t exciting me lately. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I’m supposed to do what everyone online does and say that writing is beautiful and magical and that it makes me feel inspired and quirky and special. And while I’m at it, I should probably throw in a “namaste” because…oh, who am I kidding? Do I really look like a guy who does yoga?
But the fact is I’ve looked at blank pages for a while with contempt. I’ve looked at detailed outlines hundreds of pages long with contempt. I can get through all the research and prep work for a story, but then I get brain freeze when it comes time to actually write the first draft. So for the next month or two, here are some things I’m going to try in order to get my groove back.
Find a Writing-Only Time
This is a time to do nothing but writing, and I’ve already mentioned that I do this at the office before work. Out of paranoia for the LA’s charming traffic jams, I get to the office a solid hour before I need to. Cut off from a world full of distractions, I’ve got nothing to do but write. I seem to have forgotten that somewhere along the way.
Limit Social Media
The president might not be able to do this, but I’m not the president, am I? Limiting my time on social media has become increasingly important as many people are turning the internet into history’s biggest megaphone. Every day, that noise ranges from light venting to rabid bloodlust from both the left and the right, and I’ve reached my breaking point with it. I simply can’t handle any more. In fact, I’ve deleted Twitter and Facebook from my phone, and I already feel happier for it.
I Need a Hobby
Uhhhh…so I need to focus on writing by not writing? Yes, actually. I like sunshine, but if I stare at the sun, my eyes will burn out. Same principle. Lately, my days have been little more than going to work, coming home, and falling asleep only to repeat the cycle the next day. I think this might be the main reason why I’ve hit such a roadblock. I’m not really recharging mentally. I dare say I need to revert to an earlier way of thinking with my writing when it was a hobby in my youth back before I was worried about doing it professionally. That’s not to say I need to get lazy about it, but the rent will still get paid even if a story isn’t finished.
Of course, this call to relaxation is also coming from a guy who hasn’t taken a vacation in years…