Friday, April 18, 2008

The Writing Hasn't Been Good Lately...

It seems every year I go through a period where I just don't feel like writing anymore. Usually this phase hits right after I've completed a novel, and am searching around for what to write next. It usually lasts a couple of weeks, and then I get started on something that works for me and I'm off again.

Not lately. Since finishing Cupidity I've tried to start 3 projects and continue working on a fourth, but it's been slow going. I went back to Kids Who Know and got a chapter done, but then I hit a wall. I started two new novels, both of which I was sure would get me going, but I hit walls after the first chapter. I even tried to start a play, only to put it aside. I've gone back to one of the new novels - a new teen comedy called Apoca-Lynn - and I've cranked out a bit more, but it is slow going.

I'm not sure of the cause, but there are numerous culprits. Work was one, financial stress another. Plus, my depression was pretty bad for a few weeks there. Usually, though, writing helps me through all of that. Now it's all I can do just to get a few sentences down.

This is hard for me to deal with, but I must. Writing is my life, and I want it back. And, I need to know how to get the excitement for writing back so I can inspire other writers with it. So many times I've told other aspiring writers to write every day, and the inspiration will come. Why can't I follow my own advice?


Shayne said...

Unfortunately, it's always easier to say Do as I say than it is to actually do as you've said.

I've never actually finished a novel-length story before - I'm severely lacking in self-confidence about my writing, and I get to the halfway point and say god, this is stupid and then move on to something else - so I'm probably not the best person to be giving advice, but I always find it easier to write once Spring hits, when I can sit at my desk and look out the window at the sun and the birds and the flowers. Maybe if you could find yourself a window with a view, or spend some time outside with nature, that might alleviate your depression and let you get back to writing.

Good luck. And, no pressure or anything, but I'm looking forward to your next book.

Timothy Carter said...

Thank you, Shayne. As a matter of fact, the better weather and more sun is helping. Good luck with your own writing!