The Daily Post sponsors the #weekendcoffeeshare. Twitter is also using this hashtag. If this is something you’d like to do, whether it be weekly like it’s supposed to be or the way I do it, once a month, I hope you will join in.
[This month I am doing straight prose for this post.]
While the weather is still fair, I imagine us sitting someplace outside enjoying the gentle breeze with our wax-coated paper cups in hand. Today, for reasons unknown to me, I prefer an empty table at a park where I feel some physical openness and a bit of emotional solitude.
My writing is at a snail’s pace these days. In fact, it has been this way for many months. If I can get 300 words down in a session the last two months, I feel I have done well when, actually, I have not. In reality, it is shameful.
I could try to blame my lack of stamina on health issues. It would be believable for some days. However, I cannot honestly say it is true for all days. I could try to attribute the slowness of words to household problems like our roof needing to be repaired and not being able to get the crew moving on it. I do not understand why service businesses move so sluggishly in this part of the country. This does cause me some anxiety–sometimes to the point where I want to pull my hair out–but writing is good for getting rid of mental tension. Right?
Truth be known, some of the time, my shortage of persistence is due to a feeling of apathy and lethargy. And all of it is of my own making. Although it is good to gaze out the window occasionally to collect my thoughts, there are too many times when I am staring at a little bush in the front yard, watching its leaves rustle in the breeze and my thoughts are numb. Some may go as far as calling this a sign of depression. Sorry, but I am not disheartened easily. I want to blame it on the time of year but when this season is over, what would I blame my lack of motivation on then?
A couple of years ago, I took a sabbatical from blogging and the media sites to do more writing. Believe it or not, it worked. I wrote over ten chapters that month. Could it be I need another one? Chances are it is exactly what I need. However, until I get the preliminary work done and the roof is fixed, I rather doubt any time off from my blog or the media sites is going to do my writing any good.
How do you deal with your obstacles of writing?
“Many times we are our worst enemy. If we could learn to conquer ourselves, then we will have a much easier time overcoming the obstacles that are in front of us.”
― Stephan Labossiere