Today is a day where I really don’t feel like writing. But I’m still sitting here at my computer, typing. The words are coming slower than I would like, it’s a little harder to focus (obviously, as I’m posting this to multiple social networking sites and my blog) but I have put my butt in my chair and am doing what I can.
This is the first step you have to realize you need to take when you’re truly being devoted to your craft: do it even when you don’t feel like it.
There are times when I have been DESPERATE to write and have been unable to. Those days are worse for me than the days where I feel like I’m not in the right mindset to write. I can press keys and form sentences even if I don’t feel like it, but when I have thousands of ideas floating around in my mind and I’m unable to write them down? That’s the part that kills me.
I guess that this is a very timely thing to write as we’re halfway through week two of NaNoWriMo and a lot of people are starting to feel the dreaded “slump” that comes when creativity flows constantly and so quickly in a mad rush to meet the deadline of 50,000 words in 30 days.
But if you are truly devoted to what you’re doing, to your craft, be it writing, or music, or art or something else, then you will continue on. You will move ahead, and move forward. You will power through the fact that you really don’t wanna be doing this and you’ll make yourself proud to overcome the fact that you don’t feel like doing this.
Believe me. There is very little more empowering than working through your self-doubts and your lack of motivation to meet a goal.
Go forth and succeed.
Kai Kiriyama lives in Canada with her pet snake Rhaegar. She drinks far too much tea for anyone’s safety.
Kai writes for Zombie Training magazine, which you can find here: http://www.zombie training .com
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