It's the first Wednesday in August, so it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
This month I'm not going to answer the optional question because my friend Chris Frey is doing a blog-hop in support of her book Keep Writing With Fey (I posted about it here).
It's a book about overcoming writer's block and depression and all those things that keep you from actually writing and she asked us to share how we deal with these things personally. So here goes...
I don't actually tend to suffer from writer's block. I get stuck, of course. I think all writers do. But I always have more than one project going, so when I get stuck trying to figure out something on one project, I leave it alone and move onto something else. Maybe a MS that needs revising. A short story. Editing or critiquing for someone else. Just something different. And generally, I find that by the time I've finished that work, I've untangled whatever was knotted up in the other story and I can move on.
My main problem is with finding the energy and brain-space to write. I write most of the day at work across a variety of things: press releases, government documents, webpages, newsletters etc, and by the time I finish at the end of the day, I find I don't have any words left for my own writing.
When I don't write, I get antsy, irritable and depressed because writing is the way I make sense of the world and my own feelings about things. So it's important that I do find the time to do it. If I'm feeling particularly frustrated, I sometimes take a couple of days off just to write and that's usually enough to get me back on track, re-set and able to use my hour or so of writing time in the mornings productively.
How do you deal with writer's block or other things that keep you from getting that butt in chair?
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