We’re discussing what drains our productivity and how we go about resolving that issue. Here lately I have not been productive at all when it comes to my writing. The other day when a friend reached out to me I finally realized why. Due to some health issues I have found myself out of sorts. I’ve fallen into a slight depression, seemingly having lost the ability to do what I love. I don’t write anymore. I want to write. I am overflowing with ideas and storylines but I can’t seem to convey them from my mind to the paper. I have notebooks with pages upon pages of notes scribbled everywhere. Pinterest boards filled with images that helped to inspire the stories. Conversations with coworkers, friends, and family about characters and plot twists. However, when I sit down with my laptop I can’t write. I stare at a blank screen. Curser flashing, unmoving on the bright white page in front of me. Taunting me, torturing me. I can not write. I want to write. I need to write!
How do I combat this? Honestly, nothing I have tried has helped thus far. I have plotted out stories, thinking that it will help me to write if I know where the story will go but that didn’t do anything. I’ve tried setting aside a day to write. Sprinting with friends, while I can force myself to get a few words down it is never anything that is usable. I’ve tried taking time away from writing and anything that has to do with that in the hopes that I needed a break. It didn’t work.
After some more lab work at my latest doctor appointment I was told that my levels are still not where they should be. Things are holding steady (instead of dropping like before) but they’re not improving. That is when it dawned on me that my lack of writing may very well be due to my health. If I’m exhausted of course it makes sense that I can’t write when I sit down to do so, all I want to do at that point is to go to bed! So to try to fight off the productivity vampire I am concentrating on getting myself to a healthier version of me. New prescriptions have phoned in and picked up. Now to wait for them to kick in. Meanwhile, I just plotting because once I can sit down at a computer and be able to find the words that I need I want to be able to know where the story is going to go. Besides, if I keep plotting at least I am being somewhat productive.
Do you have any tips for combatting involuntary hibernation of productivity?