Since my move to FL, I’ve had a difficult time getting back into writing. It’s taken a backseat to depression, home sickness, and self-doubt. Mostly, I’ve just lost the motivation to keep writing. Until now. I’ve spent the last couple of months analyzing why I’ve lost the drive to do what I love and I’ve come to the conclusion that being down in the dumps just sucks away the will to find creativity.
After all, creativity isn’t just there. It has to be mined and molded into something worth presenting. Creativity isn’t worth a damn if you don’t have the drive to work at it, right?
I had an English teacher tell me once, “Yeah, that’s very creative. Terrific. Now do something with it.”
Doing something with it is where the work comes in. Two months of doing absolutely nothing with my writing and my general creativity makes me CRAZY. But still unmotivated.
Maybe I just fell into a rut and I’m completely unwilling to pull myself out because laying at the bottom of the pit, looking up is easier than trying to climb the walls.
I could blame it on writer’s block…. except I don’t believe in writer’s block. Fortunately, considering blaming writer’s block, a concept that never held any water for me, was exactly where I found my solution.
Write. It doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you’re writing. Eventually, in that flow of scribbles or key-taps, the block will be broken. And in that flow of scribbles and key-taps, the lack of motivation, and lack of will to climb out of the pit is thwarted.
Short answer? I tricked myself into writing again.
How do you thwart lack of motivation or laziness?