Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Anthony Cosimini
Founder & Owner of: Mistersherbetlemon
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer
(Introduction) Feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong… but I think it’s safe to say that we all have those phases in our lives where we just don’t feel like being productive at all.
There’s no set period for it to last and it can occur for any number of reasons; Maybe you’re occupied with other hobbies or events, maybe you’re having some personal upheaval in your life that puts your creative work further down on the priority list…Or maybe you just can’t be bothered at the present moment in time.
It’s totally natural to have days or even weeks like that but there’s a certain point where it starts to feel like you’ve been unproductive for far too long and that can be worrying. Worse yet, that worry in itself can make it even more difficult to get back into the swing of things since you begin to force yourself to work out of a sense of urgency rather than any genuine passion for your craft.
Everybody suffers from moments like this and that’s perfectly normal but there really is no definitive answer on how to break the cycle. Must we force ourselves to perform despite a temporary lack of enthusiasm for it or must we wait impatiently for the thrill of our work to return before we can continue the craft?
While I’ve previously written about battling writer’s block my thoughts were, for the most part, untested theories based on limited experience as well as the opinions of like-minded individuals. However, I have been finding extreme difficulty in putting those methods into practice lately. While every writer has several moments like this throughout their lives, I am finding this one particularly burdensome.
Therefore, I’ve decided to take direct action in order to bring back the excitement for writing that led me down the path I walk today.
Over the next month, I’m going to experiment with several methods that can potentially reignite the enthusiasm and creativity of those who are struggling on their personal path as a creator. I will be testing out methods that are a little more uncommon and in some cases, may temporarily be changing my regular lifestyle, for better or worse in order to incite a change.
I will be documenting my findings for you all in the hope that some of it will be relevant to your own personal dilemmas as creators. I will update as frequently as possible to report the various findings, whether they yield helpful advice, disappointed ramblings about zero results or just some mildly hilarious experiences. Whatever the outcome, I will make sure that every moment of it is available for your reading pleasure.
The general aim of these experiments is to partake in activities that are:
- Accessible to anyone.
- Low budget.
- Easy to organize.
- (In some case) As far from my own personal comfort zone as I can manage.
I’ll be testing new experiences, both alone and in social groups in the hope of finding inspiration and a renewed passion for writing. After all, writing is all about sharing experiences with one another; whether those be the experiences of the writer or of the characters they create.
Wish me luck and I hope you enjoy the impending results!
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Article Credits: Anthony Cosimini
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor