Oy. I should never, never again think that I have it all figured out. Every time I think that, life happens.
So far in February, I’ve written two days. Two. After my triumph of January, February is definitely feeling a little flat. I’m starting to get back into writing, but it’s hard. It’s always hard, mostly because I lack the motivation to get started again.
I’m not sure why I have such a hard time with this. It’s never difficult once I get into the habit of writing–at that point, I’m invested in the story enough that I have to keep going. I want to find out what happens. But when I get away from the story for a few days, all that excitement evaporates. I think of my poor characters, most likely left cornered and fighting for their lives, and go, “Meh. You guys can deal with it.” 😛
And nothing can motivate me to get back to the story. That is, until I get fed up with the fact that I’m slacking off and force myself to start writing again. A few days of reluctance, slowly pounding out words that may as well be super-glued into my brain, and suddenly, the fog lifts. My excitement for the story returns, and before I know it, I’m writing 2,000+ words in an hour-long writing session.
But still…that darn motivation. Not even the self-made promise of Sherlock season 3 could get me to sit down at the computer earlier this month. (That’s how you know it’s hopeless). So here I am again, forcing myself to sit down and start writing.
Does anyone else struggle with motivation? Got any tips on how you get yourself writing again after a long absence?