I’m seeing a lot of posts floating around my dash about people wanting to accomplish things and not (which I won’t rebuttal personally, people have valid reasons to express their feelings in such ways and sometimes trying to be a suggestive, helpful person does not actually help!). I may have been feeling the exact same way recently, though, which is why I want to make this post.
1. Take care of yourself. As a writing encouragement blog, I am telling you it’s okay not to write. It’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up for something you feel you can’t accomplish right now. There is always later. There’s always tomorrow. Do what makes you feel better, whether it’s video games or marathoning Adventure Time. You’re not wasting your time. You’re taking a much needed break.
2. Do what you can. If you can’t write that scene and it’s making you so crazy you’re nearly in tears, do what you can. Jot down notes. Google locations or actors you want to use as reference. Put your writing stuff in the next room and watch Doctor Who for the rest of the night. You will do this thing. You can do this thing. But there’s no reason you have to do it now if you feel you can’t.
3. Call Team You. I have difficulty talking to people when I’m upset. It’s a horrible habit to have, because I try to rationalize my feelings away and it makes me feel worse. Try not to do this. Find a buddy and talk. It doesn’t have to be about your story or your feelings, but find someone to boost you up for awhile. Call your mom. If everyone is sleeping because you live in ~The Future~ timezone, maybe write some e-mails or a letter.
4. Remind yourself of how awesome you are. Remember that list I suggested you make of all the great things about your story? If you don’t have one, make one. If you have one, take it out and read it. Find some positive feedback you got. Bask in praises past. It’s super hard to convince yourself you don’t suck when you feel like you suck. Get the help you need from your past accomplishments.
If anybody’s struggling with feeling unaccomplished and unable to write, I know how you feel! It is frustrating and hard to deal with, but you’re not alone and you’re not stuck in that rut forever. Hang in there, writers!