I finished a novel a few weeks ago, and I’ve barely been able to write anything since.
It’s frustrating. I want to write, I’ve got dozens of stories waiting to get worked on, but I open one up and start typing and just immediately get bored.
Is this choice paralysis? Is this “I’m intimidating myself b/c I just finished a really solid second draft and now everything else looks like garbage”? Is this “I have real-life Things happening that are about to change my core themes in a pretty major way”? Is this just how I always feel at the beginning, and it’s been so long since I started something new that I forgot?
I don’t think it’s possible to figure it out. Most likely, all of these things are happening all at once, and I can’t really do anything about it.
I mean, I could just push through it. Lay down a wordcount goal, pick a story, and hammer out words until I’ve got more story. I’ve done that before. I ended up with word soup.
So, I don’t know.
I know you can’t wait for inspiration to come to you. It never will. That’s not how inspiration works. But I’ve tried writing without inspiration before, and… it kinda sucks? I don’t really want to.
I know I’ll get through this. I’m a writer; “not writing” is not an option. It’s really more a question of how to get through this faster.
I have a ghost of a plan. That plan consists entirely of consume as much media as humanly possible.
I don’t know where inspiration is hiding, but i’m going to find it and I’m going to catch it and I’m going to take it home.
And I’m not going to beat myself up about stagnant writing in the meantime.