Monday, December 5, 2011

In a funk.

Do you ever find yourself going through your daily routine and thinking 'what's the point of this again?'  Yeah.  Today is one of those days for me. But I haven't been questioning everything today, just those things that relate to my writing life.

I logged on to blogger at few times today to do a post and that's the question that kept running through my mind.  Don't get me wrong.  I've met some great people and made some good friends through my blog and I love it for that reason, but I started my blog because of my writing.  And as I said, I've really been questioning the reason I'm putting all the time and effort I do into my writing.  That encompasses the blog as well.

I don't know, I guess it's just one of those days when I'm doubting my ability to get published, heck, even my ability to write anything worth giving to my critique group.  I'm sure it will pass, but for today I'm in a funk and I think instead of working on my WIP tonight I'm going to take a long hot bath and get a good night's sleep.  Hopefully that will be all I need to recharge.

How about you guys?  Anything you've found particularly helpful in banishing self doubt or getting out of a funk?  I'd love any suggestions.


Old Kitty said...

Awww Angie!! I'm so sorry you are feeling this way but sometimes it's good to embrace the negative sides too if only to then push them all aside for a more positive outlook.

So I guess that's my trick of getting out these dark moods. I get them frequently - so consumed with self doubt as to why I continue to write stories only for them to be rejected time and time again so I wallow in this mood and crawl in a dark corner in my mind and fester there. Then I get bored with myself! LOL! Then I find the fun in it again! LOL! I think that's why I follow lots of non-writerly blogs too - they provide a tonic for me and remind me of other lives lived away from the writerly madness.

I am now blithering away! LOL! Off I go! Take care

Anne Gallagher said...

I've been in a funk too. So you're not alone. Sometimes that's the best and only help to get... to know that you're not alone. As writers we are so decidedly alone, even in a roomful of people, and only other writers tend to know what we're talking about.

Husbands don't understand if you can't get the storyline right. Best friends don't understand when you say the POV is off. Mothers don't understand when you tell them the protagonist doesn't have enough to "want".

And when it all hits you square in the face, you feel like ditching it under the bed and sinking into a cloud of chocolate. I am sooo there right now.

So cheer up. You're not alone. I'm right there with you.

prerna pickett said...

being in a funk is part of the writing life. It's perfectly normal in an industry that focuses mainly on rejection. Don't give up, just wait it out.

Madeleine said...

Awh Angie, bless you. I think you need a blog /writing break. You'll get your mojo back if you give yourself some quality time that inspires your creativity, relaxation and contentment. I know I've been there too. The most important advice I have found from successful authors to would be ones is believe in yourself, believe in your writing; stay determined; read, read some more.

KarenG said...

I totally relate to this, and I loved all the comments as well. Each and every one of these comments is awesome. I have nothing to add except to keep at it, and take joy in the small successes that come your way.

Anne said...

Just keep writing and have fun with it! That is what I tell myself. I look at writing as the cake and to get published is the icing on the cake. I keep dreaming for that icing.

Cozy in Texas said...

I flip flop between thinking I'm a brilliant writer and thinking I may as well give up. It happens to all of us. Write some flash fiction and send it off to somewhere like Doorknobs and Bodypaint just for fun.

Talli Roland said...

Oh gosh, I hear you. I've been getting into a funk about everything lately, it seems. Sigh! I go out for a walk to clear my head and remind myself there's a world outside of me. That usually seems to work... for a bit, anyway! Hugs!

Chris Stovell said...

Just hang on in there! Truly, we all feel like that and the best way through it is to keep going. Good luck!