I have been struggling to write a lot lately; ideas do not seem to be flowing through my mind as well as they did a month ago, and to be honest with you, it sucks. There’s this little black journal that has no lines, no constraints, and within it, I write all the ideas that I have for future articles. Where the problem comes in, however, is that I find myself struggling to execute these ideas. Rarely do I know exactly what words to use, precisely how to layout the document before me, etc. etc. Would you have asked me about this process a few weeks ago, I would have said that writing everyday for two or more weeks was easy, that the ideas seemed to simply manifest within my mind. But that is no longer the case.
Looking at it from a sideward perspective, however, I have begun to realize that this may not be the worst thing to happen. Instead of pushing out two articles a night for two weeks, I have not written since Thanksgiving. And I believe there is a pretty great benefit to this. You see, my mind is slowly recharging. Not used to writing so often, so extensively, my mind had decided to shut down almost completely. For a good two weeks or so, I have been unmotivated. Uninspired. Unprepared for all I had been wanting to do.
But now…now I have begun forcing myself to write on a daily basis, yet again. I have far too many plans for the upcoming year for me to simply sit back and be unmotivated to do something that I truly love doing.
I know that this article is very short, but I am still trying to get out of the creative slump I have been struggling with these past few weeks. However, if you are to take away anything at all from this, let it be that you should not be afraid to take breaks. Your brain may need to simply recharge for a while before being able to spew out fresh content.
You are not a machine; don’t treat your body like one.