Today, in Colorado, I am surrounded by rain clouds and thunderstorms. I find myself looking out the window more than focusing on my work and my writing. I feel down and drowsy, which the weather fits, and I can’t seem to get motivated. I’m living in my own little world instead of writing about it.
Unfortunately, this entire week has felt like that. I just can’t seem to focus on my book. So what should we do in situations like this? (Especially because I know I need to write everyday.) I call it a reading and learning week. When I have those days were I would rather gaze out lovingly at the weather patterns I try to read from my booklist of favorite authors and/or how to book on writing, editing, and being awesome.
I figure as long as my brain is focused on the idea of writing I won’t lose my momentum when I finally have my freak out that I’m behind. I also like having this blog to keep me on track, it gets me talking and thinking about writing.
To stay focused on those tough days:
1. Put yourself into a schedule so even if you don’t want to write, too bad, it’s on the to do list.
2. Use scented candles and a specific herbal tea to help build the writing setting. THis way when you smell the candle and drink the tea your brain starts associating that with writing times.
If you really can’t focus:
1. Instead start editing some of those older stories or writing projects. I find that even just critiquing my other stories allows me time away from the story I’m avoiding but also helps me look at how my writing has grown, inspiration to keep going.
2. As mentioned before, read a book by a favorite author. This always puts me in the mood to write. After a good book I become determined to put my own stories down on paper.
Sometimes your brain is just telling you to take a break. Even though we may want to push forward with the story, the unfocused days are just your brains way of saying, “Hey, I need a minute to breathe.” So don’t take unfocused days personally, we are only human after all.
So try to focus, breathe, and keep writing!