Post by butterflycrescent92 on Oct 20, 2020 17:46:22 GMT -6
This is a question I ask myself. I don't know whether I still want to be a writer or not. Lately, I've been losing my motivation. I only write when I feel like it, and I don't finish any of my works, because I don't have the time for it. Life got in the way. The only thing I write is on my diary apps, but I haven't been writing fiction in ages. I wrote some articles on my blog, though. The reason why I became a writer in the first place is to get things off my chest. Get what I feel off my system. Has anyone else feel this way?
I have. I was struggling with a story but it turns out it's most likely not the right time for me to write it or it wasn't at that point. I feel I want to go back to it as I've moved on but I shouldn't as it burned me out with trying to write anything for it so I put it away and wrote some random stuff to get out of the weird writing slump I was in. It wasn't easy as I wasn't in the mood to write anything, didn't think I had any creativity in me anymore and wondered why my writing wasn't how it "usually" was. In this time I just didn't write much at all. I still feel like this but am actually happily working on another story so I think I got out of my weird stage. I've been listening to creativity and focus boosting binaural beats(music) to get my writing back on track which has helped a lot.
You are still writing, even those diary entries and blog articles count. If fiction isn't for you, don't force it. Or if you still want to write fiction you could take little sections/words from your diary entries and make them into stories or poems. I would suggest whenever you get time, even if it's a short amount of time, try and write something. You may stare at the screen wondering what to write but that's ok. Happened to me a lot when I tried to move on from that story. Good luck if you do want to get back to fiction at some point but if you feel you can only write in your diary to get things off your chest that's more than good enough. Any writing you can do, is awesome. I wouldn't write yourself off from being a writer completely just yet as your reason to be one is a really great one but that's obviously up to you, with LengendFire back you've got plenty of support in within the community to help you with your writing. This reply is probably a bit messy as I'm just typing what comes to mind, I hope this helps and makes you feel better.
That's totally legit, butterfly. I think the worst thing would be to force it if it's not happening naturally. People go through seasons, you know? This may be a non-writing season for you, and in a few years, things will open up, motivation will pour in, and you'll be dumping words on the screen. And if not, that's okay. You're still a part of this community, regardless.
(Ha! Belatedly skimmed Star's post, and well, I guess I second what she said. )
Post by longhand.hearted on Oct 21, 2020 13:12:46 GMT -6
I completely get what you mean- sometimes it feels like it's been sitting on my mind for so long, I don't know if it's just force of habit to feel like I should be writing... But it's a tool as much as it is a love of the craft; perhaps you've not had as much or used other tools to get things off your chest. Like Star said, non-fiction and journaling are still flexing your writing muscles at the end of the day. Go with the flow!
I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say: write through these phases .
It's good to take breaks, too. But writing isn't always fun. Neither is it easy. In fact, it's bloody hard. With each book I have written there have been times when I hated it. When I had to force out every word and had to bribe myself with teacakes to keep going. But this kind of perseverance is very important if you want to take your writing seriously.
This does not mean you need to write every day. If you are truly too busy (you said life gets in the way), then by all means don't stress yourself out even more with writing. But if it's a question of just not quite feeling like it today, do it anyway. Do it for the craft.
Sometimes I find that the passages I had to force out the most end up being some of my best writing .
Such a complicated if simple question. You’re writing still, the diary, incomplete stories, which we all have. Motivation waxes and wanes. My first book to five years. At times it felt like torture. I made bad decisions and good. Wrote instead of reading. I’d say you’re doing fine.
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