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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Writing


A few weeks back, I've been feeling like not writing on my blog at all. And even though journaling is something that I love to do since I was young (a throwback to all my elementary and high school diaries), everything doesn't just come out naturally, as I'm not a professional writer.

In my previous blog post, I confessed that no matter what I do, I just don't have the heart to write anything. So I tried going out last weekend to see if there's something that I can do to help myself. I think I'm starting to get the 'feel' again and I hope this lasts long. So this advice is for those who are like me (I guess it's a bit different when writing is your job).

1. Know that it's normal
Yes, a lot of bloggers agree with me on this. It is perfectly normal to not feel like writing at all. People experience exhaustion sometimes, so this doesn't just apply to writing. Don't be hard on yourself. Know that you're not the only one feeling like this.

2. Give yourself a break
It's not enough to feel that it's normal - acknowledging it will help you get through it. Since you know exactly how you feel, then it's easier to know what you can do about the problem.

Last weekend,  I knew I needed to do something to help myself. So I didn't bother if I spend a bit from my savings. I told my sisters and mother-in-law we're going to the mall. We played in the game arcade, we sang karaoke, we ate, and I went to the spa to have my brows groomed. I believed this helped me slowly get back on my feet.

3. Pause but don't quit
Every time I feel down, I remind myself of this. Yes, we can always pause if we need to but we can't quit on the things that we love to do. This is an advice that I take to heart ever since I heard it in the bible school.

4. Find your "creative corner"
Few of the movies that I watched have these scenes where writers stay at a rural place to write. Well, that's not what I mean. Just find a place where you think you can write more efficiently. My creative corner is my desk where I work. Others like to write at a coffee shop, or near the window. It can be anywhere, whichever works best for you.

I hope this helps! And before I end this, let me quote Momi Berlin's comment on my previous post:
"It is nice to feel that now and you acknowledge it to happen to you. Because if you hold back on your emotion, you simply do not allow yourself to go through that feeling. And you cannot detach yourself if you are too busy not to acknowledge it. Enjoy the grief for a moment. Enjoy the confusion for a while. But be sure to know when to detach and be back on your old self. Tell yourself that "yes, I have experienced it. I now recognize how to feel that emotion. Now, Nilyn, you need to detach from that emotion and welcome other emotions to be felt."
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10 comments:

  1. I could feel you are slowly getting there, slowly going back to what we love the most, of course next to God and our family. It is after all, what you've described as our PASSION. I will wait for you.

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  2. Every one goes through this. I've been writing professionally for years and even I experience this. Actually, I have decided to lie low on accepting writing jobs because I got writing burn out in 2015. My WAHM job now is more on content strategy. Blogging can be tiresome as well and I've experienced going through two or three weeks without writing anything. But it's just a stage that will pass. Taking a break and just living life helped me get my blogging mojo back. :) Take it easy.

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    1. Thank you, sis! That is true! I'm happy no matter what happens, I still go back to the thing I love doing.

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  3. I agree with you. Dumadating talaga yung time na wala tayong mahugot na kahit na ano sa isip natin. We simply feel empty siguro (in terms of writing). But not feeling inspired to write doesn't mean we have to stop. At least acknowledge lang talaga that what you're feeling is normal and kahit sino'ng writer dumadaan talaga sa phase na ganyan eh. :) When I don't feel like writing, I pause and take a rest from everything as I know I am just tired physically and emotionally (you know, mommy duties!). We have to re-energize even when it comes to writing. :) May you find the joy in writing once again because I am one of your readers who loves seeing your posts and reading them on my spare time. :D

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    1. Aw, thank you, sis! I am one of your readers too! It's good to know you more and more through this thing called "blogging". :D

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  4. I can relate, Nilyn. I am always burned out when the year ends. But at the end of the day, what matters most is we know that we can always come back to it, and if not the best, we can do it better next time. ❤

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    1. Thank you, sis! That's a wonderful reminder. ♥

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  5. Agree with your points especially the Pause but don't quit. Every people get tired and we really need to pause for awhile. We need to relax and refocus ourselves so we can do better in the future.

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