We’ve all been there; we love writing, but we just don’t feel like it on a particular day. So what do you do, when this happens?
Take a break, take a Kit-Kat! There’s no point sitting staring at the computer or at your pen and paper if you just don’t want to. Take a break, even just for an hour. Go for a walk, read a book, watch TV, go shopping, work on your hobby, whatever you like.
Don’t drive yourself crazy with the guilt of not wanting to write every minute of every day. On the screenwriting course I’ve just finished, a lecturer said while writers make a living from writing, at the same time we can sometimes dread sitting in front of the computer in the morning, wondering what on earth will I write? It’s good to know I’m not alone.
Reward, reward! Yesterday, I thought if I do a good day’s work, then I’ll sit down, relax and watch one of the unseen DVDs that have been sitting in my living-room for the past few months. That thought drove me through the day and I worked as quickly as possible. It turned out that I didn’t get to watch that DVD in the end, hehe, but hey I’ll watch it tonight.
Do you have moments when you don’t want to write? What do you do to pick yourself up out of it?