I was reading Langley Cornwell’s verse about writer’s block. Or is it lack of motivation, she queried.
I’ve been noticing how many AC writers slow down, write sporadically, or stop writing articles altogether. I’ve been noticing how I, myself, have issued articles intermittently lately. What’s the cause of the change: writer’s block or lack of motivation?
Life intervenes. That’s what happens. Whether we consider ourselves professional, freelancing, or casual producers of text for online publication makes no difference at all. We are all writers, and we are all human beings. As such, we live our lives while writing online, while life intervenes while we write online.
Causes of interruption in our best laid plans for online production lie less in writer’s block and lack of motivation than the following:
- Illness, our own or others’ close to us
- New job
- Job loss
- Death, in the family or friends
- Moving, far away or not so far away
- Car accident
- Airplane crash
- Computer crash
- Five feet of snow
- Going to college
- Taking a course
- Giving a course
- Passing the bar
- Electricity going out
The list goes on and on.
All good reasons, among other reasons resulting from these, for interrupting your smooth writing schedule. And, of course, writer’s block and lack of motivation should be on the list too. Maybe they are the result of things already on the list. It doesn’t matter.
My approach to life happening is to take life as it comes. Do we have a choice? Have a hiatus from pounding the keyboard, and take it easy on yourself without blame for encountering blockages or a shortage of motivation.
We’ll be here waiting for your next exciting creation of text…waiting for life’s interruptions to leave you alone, so you could begin to write about them once again.