Over the past couple of months, I’ve hit somewhat of a wall when it comes to working on my own writing projects (both creative and blogging). While on the surface I’ve had plenty of excuses for not getting my own content written (short story judging backing up, illness, various family commitments and all-around work stress), I knew that wasn’t the whole story.
When we’re having a productive moment in time, we somehow manage to push past the everyday pitfalls and stumbling blocks that could hold us back. Yet when we get into a slump, the same little blips seem huge and impassable. Why?
After planning yet another new blog with the very real belief that ‘this would be the one’ to get me past my ever-recurring writer’s block, I decided to sit myself down and have a bit of a stern talk. Just like when we get to a tough point in a manuscript and start thinking of shiny new ideas to distract ourselves from what’s really wrong, so too can we do the same with blogging.
For me, I realised I had taken on too many ARCs (advanced reader copies) across
The truth is, I don’t like giving negative reviews. I’m all for constructive criticism and feedback, but leaving a review that amounts to ‘it wasn’t for me’ feels somewhat like a cop-out. I know it’s silly, but not being able to articulate how something could be improved (or why aspects don’t quite hit the right mark) has been bugging me.
In many ways, acknowledging that hasn’t fixed the problem. But it has lifted a weight I hadn’t realised was there. Now I know what the problem is, I can start working towards a plan to get around it – and avoid having similar problems in the future. For me, that means going back to those half-read books and either giving them another
If you’re struggling with your productivity or creativity right now, try not to be too harsh with yourself. Taking a step back and allowing yourself the time to breathe can help you to feel calmer. It can sound a little fluffy, but jotting down everything that’s bothering you – big and small –