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?