In a chemical reaction you need to apply energy to get it started. I was thinking about this the other day when I was feeling bored and yet had a ton of stuff I needed to do.
There is a lot of writing I can do, along with reading or learning to sail or walking the dog or baking bread or a hundred other things. But I didn’t feel motivated enough to start. It wasn’t laziness as much as it was motivation. Nor was it a “what’s the point of doing anything” feeling. Bored. Unmotivated.
I get into these ditches sometimes. Often I have to follow it along until I find a gradual incline and get myself above ground. One of the things I am having problem with is what to write?
Any professional writer will tell you getting ideas is the easiest part. Deciding what to work on can be a problem. Not every story is created equal. You have to pick and choose which one will be worth your time. Let someone else write those other stories. You have to find the best project for yourself.
If all I was going to do was write with no interest in what I was writing, well, I could do that. I”m looking for something deeper. I have a few ideas. A few paths I can take out of this ditch I’m currently in. Short stories. A new novel. Do some self-publication. But to start I need the activation energy. A jump start. Somewhere. Somehow.
That’s the problem at the moment.