Long ago I stopped asking myself on any given day if I felt like writing. Often the answer would be, “Actually, I don’t.” Another question I stopped asking was “Well, WHY don’t you feel like writing?” Not that there aren’t a bunch of pretty good reasons not to write your story, or not today, anyway.
- discouragement about how the last story sold
- resentment of the industry which is so vile and unfair plus random
- a shrewd analysis of how your writing sucks
- embarrassment over the total absence of anything professional to Twitter about
- fury and sorrow that your agent does not answer your emails
- you are on page 85 or page 200, two classic pages that are hard to write. OK, those are just the ones that are tough for me. Getting stuck at typical points in your manuscript is mysterious and irrational. But on those pages or nearby, I way too often get a bout of I don’t feel like writing today.