Thursday, 5 April 2012

Enthusiasm - an intermittent entity

My enthusiasm for writing comes and goes in cycles.  Usually it depends on how tired I'm feeling, and after a full days work and then finally getting the little one to bed, all I want to do is chill out.  This mostly involves trying to read and then falling asleep without realising it.
At these times I just don't have the energy, either physical or mental, to sit down to do any writing.
This will continue for a few days and before I know it a week has gone buy and I'm annoyed with myself for wasting yet another week of potential writing time.

I'm learning that writing can be a fairly solitary endeavour, and this in itself can contribute to enthusiasm putting his coat on and leaving for a while.  I've really felt the benefit this week of having so many excellent blogs to discover, to find that I'm not the only one having these thoughts and feelings.  There's a whole new community waiting to help me entice the enthusiasm back, and help drive me forward with all the ideas I have floating in my head.

I only hope that some of my blogs may help others keep going as much as they help me.


  1. You never know when you're making a difference! So keep writing!

  2. It is hard Heather, you know from my blog that is exactly how I feel too. But hey ho, our kids are our world, and will provide us with the perfect writing material for when Mr Enthusiasm makes a return, regardless of how fleeting it may be. Chin up, Keep going, smile and don't stress.

  3. It's always good to know you're not alone. And you're not! I've been lacking in enthusiasm this week (and I get paid to write!). Ironically, sitting down and doing it despite how I feel usually pays off.

    We're keep writing! :)

  4. All I can suggest is that you sit at the computer to write, for a set number of minutes a day, and set yourself a really sensible word target, on ANY subject, to keep your writing mind awake. When I was working full time with small kids, I found a time after I'd got ready for bed when I would just sneak off for twenty minutes and my target was 300 words. I ended up writing a book over eight months, pretty much just doing that! Sometimes the book wouldn't come, but a character sketch or a place would! I love your blog...keep going!