More accurately, I am suffering from writer’s inertia. Which is the exact same thing as any one else’s procrastination, but since I’m a writer I get to give a name that makes it sound more important.
I’ve had this problem for a little while now, but I’m now over it, as evidenced by the fact that I’m writing this very blog post.
Writer’s block is when you stare at the empty, or partially written page and nothing presents itself in your brain that is worthy of copying down. Writer’s inertia is where you don’t even get to the staring at the empty page stage.
I see on my todo reminder that it’s time for me to work on my novel, but I can’t summon the energy or desire to do it. That fact that I have to make a reminder for myself to work on my novel is also an indicator of a problem. This is supposed to be something I do for fun.
What I have just discovered though, solves this problem. In trying to put aside more time to work on my novel I made a mistake. I stopped working on programming projects and taking courses. It turns out that doing this things that require less creativity are useful for getting me started, brain-wise.
So, now I’m giving myself small little tasks to do each day before I sit down to write. Today is the second day of this and so fa so good.