Don’t forget to make writing fun!

Posted: 29 August, 2012 in Productivity, writing
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While I’ve always thought writer’s block was when a writer can’t write, whether it’s because there are no words, no motivation, or no ideas, I there’s more to it than that.

I have written every day for the past month, which should make for a great month for my writing goals. However, my daily writing has consisted of journaling and not much else. I haven’t written a blog entry in nearly two months, I’ve contributed nothing to my book for weeks and my freelance articles have not even been a thought in my head.

But I’ve been journaling like a mad woman.

So what does this mean?  I have words in me and I’m committing them to paper every day but my writing projects are still being neglected. I’ve got the definitive writer’s block, but only for certain writing projects.

I started wondering whether I was journaling so much because there was something playing on my mind that I needed to sort out. But after a month and almost 200 pages of the most inane, bland and unmotivating prose I’ve ever committed to paper, I’m starting to think that may not be the case.

I tend to neglect my journal when I’m working on a particular writing project so I hadn’t written in it much this year. But I love writing in my journal. It’s not something anyone but me will see (at least while I’m alive) so I don’t have to be so politically and grammatically correct. Hell, it doesn’t even have to make sense! Because my writing projects are usually more serious, maybe I just wanted to have a bit of fun with my writing this month instead of being so earnest all the time.  Could it really be that simple?

When I start a new writing project, I am excited about it and I can’t wait to get into it each day. But as I become more committed to finishing it I sometimes lose that excitement.  I forget to make writing fun. I forget that it can be fun.  It becomes more like work, like a job, like a have to and not a want to project.  This is one sure-fire way to kill any inspiration and leave a once anticipated piece unfinished.

After my month of fun, fantastical writing I think I’m ready to get back into the more serious projects.  Only this time, I’ll try not to take it so seriously that I forget to have fun with it.


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