You may find, like I am finding, that when I overextend myself, I develop a resistance to doing things. In essence, I slow down, and stop… and then berate myself for laziness.
I am currently writing a number of different projects at the same time, and I realized (thanks to my own resistance) that I’m overextended. I haven’t known what to write for you, the readers here at Newbie Writers, because I’m splitting my focus in too many directions. Then I realized, as I’ve been processing this experience, that you might be going through something similar in your writing path.
Let me drop an uncomfortable truth or two on you.
- Human beings are pleasure-seeking animals.
- Human beings are world-class manufacturers of obstacles.
- Human beings avoid things they don’t want to do.
- Human beings would rather give for pleasure than be obligated to do so, either from social pressures, or a sense of responsibility.
I’ve created obstacles and avoided sitting down to write a post for you. Why? It isn’t fun. Why isn’t it fun? I feel like I’ve got too many writing projects going at once, and I’ve created a sense of obligation to write posts here. (I am GOOD at doing things like this. )
I want you to see the inside of my brains—all the gears turning—because it will look familiar to you. It does. Doesn’t it?
We who write call this “writer’s block”.
What happened when I got honest with myself and picked this resistance apart? I started writing this post for you.
Welcome to another “cure” for writer’s block: find the root of your resistance to sitting down and writing. Do you feel obligated? Are you stretched too thin? (If so, how can you give yourself more room to create what you want?) Is something hurting your feelings, and making writing less enjoyable? (Bad review? Another rejection letter? Writer’s group poisonous?) Does it bug you that your partner/spouse/lover doesn’t understand your passion?
Once you see where the obstacle/avoidance/unhappiness is coming from, you can create a solution. It might be simple. It is also possible that the solution will take a few steps to realize. Either way, you’ve got the power to unclog the drains in your soul.
Thank you for the opportunity to unpack my brain, and I hope you get as much out of it as I have. My heart is lighter.