Being a writer has its ups and downs. In fact it’s probably why writers (and other creative types) often have to live with riding the excessive emotional roller coaster that comes from straddling reality and fantasy.
I don’t think people choose to be writers. They either are or they aren’t. So, if you are feeling the pull drawing you to becoming a writer, here’s some thoughts about it from me.
Why I HATE Being a Writer
☆The lows are crippling and can leave you exhausted, angry, saddened and heart-weary for days, weeks, months….or longer.
Today has not been a good day. I can have a lot of up and downs and unfortunately today was a down.
Hence the lateness of the blog post AND why it’s still not a return to my World Building series. I’m sorry guys. I know I suck right now.
So, in order to get through the “crash” I am feeling today I decided to talk about mental exhaustion.
Firstly, mental exhaustion can lead to writers block but there are many things that can cause writers block (here’s a post on helping to deal with it) but I wanted to focus on mental exhaustion separately.
When I started writing it was before the internet, or at least before the internet became more mainstream. My parents never got the net while I was still living at home and though I did get it when I moved out, the internet was a lot different than it is now.
Chatting to friends was done in IM windows rather than on platforms like Facebook. Crappy blurry webcams you could make fun of rather than Skype and everyone used Yahoo as their search engine because who the hell had heard of Google!
I had drafted this article a while ago, however a passing comment from someone I know, regarding losing heart made me decide to complete and upload it. Maybe this is a good time to discuss feelings of ‘giving up’ (works well with my last post, Creative Constipation).
If your writing is streaking along happily right now, maybe the idea of giving up seems ludicrous. However I guarantee that at least once in every writer’s life, there will be a sense of “this is pointless, I can’t do it,” and the urge to pack it in will arise. For those of us unpublished, it can be a sinking feeling that the story will never be told!
A true writer loves to write, it is a passion that consumes, to some it is even a craving that needs to be fulfilled.
So what happens when the words don’t come, the characters fall silent, the plot line stops… or worse.
This is Creative Constipation (aka Writer’s Block) and every writer, from professional to amateur has suffered this. If you haven’t yet, you will – trust me.