For me, writer’s block doesn’t come from the inability to form ideas nor from a lack of creative juices. My blocks are almost always due to a lack of motivation. Deadlines and a pressure to work are supposed to pull me through those blocks. Sometimes even those aren’t enough. Writing begins to feel as if it would be a chore.
I start to avoid it.
I avoid writing even though I know it would be good for me–like cleaning or going the gym. I should maintain my project momentum to keep away from slumps– keep spaces cleaner so chores wouldn’t take so long, or go to the gym on the way home from work so it wouldn’t feel like it interrupts my life. But writing has never before been a chore to me, even though I forget that sometimes. Usually when I write again, it feels more like stretching after sitting for too long.
I wonder why I don’t write more often.
I’ve heard some authors call this “creative constipation.” I find that term hilarious and a bit overboard for me. It’s more like a loss of momentum in my case. I just need to keep writing.
Notes on the Project:
In the spirit of regaining momentum, I will be trying out Camp Nanowrimo and setting my own goal for the end of the month. I’m hoping I can get a big chunk of my 30 chapters edited/rewritten in that 30 days. I’m being realistic though and know I probably won’t finish it all.
After a couple of weeks of frustration over not being able to bring my main conflict in sooner in the book, I feel like I’ve finally pinned down the problem and am starting some major reworks. Let’s hope I can give up some of my favorite chapters in the rewrites to make it work all the way through!