Yesterday I was discussing with my close relative and co-author of Inspiration Unbound, Gary Ginsburg, how I was struggling to get the motivation to work on my newest novel. I’m excited to dive in and continue to work on it and I love the idea of it, but I just can’t seem to get myself to actually write more of it. It really has nothing to do with not wanting to write that particular story, but rather my energy level to write in general.
After I spoke of my concerns, Gary suggested that I continue doing what I’ve been – writing poetry! He felt that if I continued writing ‘smaller’ things it would give me the energy and motivation to work on my novel some more. He was right! I feel ready to dive back in!
I think that the reason why Gary’s idea is so successful is because writing smaller and quicker pieces of work like poetry helps accomplish a lot of things. For one, it’s less stressful than say having to come up with ideas for a novel and making sure everything is just right. Also, writing a poem is quicker and is a great way to sink your teeth into writing without feeling like it’s weighing you down with all the effort it takes to sit down for a long period of time and work.
In addition to writing more poetry, I’ve been writing some more articles. While poetry and articles are just as meaningful as writing a novel or short story (I truly do believe this), it’s a different process and as mentioned above, less stressful. Also, writing something other than what you’ve been working on for a while, or what you’ve been thinking about, helps distract your mind and refresh your writing skills – it gives you a much needed break without taking you completely away from what you should be and love doing!
So, here’s my advice: If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work on your newest project, take a break! Try writing something else that you enjoy; something a little simpler and fun! You might just find that it’ll bring your motivation right back to life and the words of your novel right back to the page!