I was reading an article called The Write Attitude by Jennifer Applin in the The Writer Mama Zine, June 2008 issue when it struck me; that’s why I have trouble outputting!
Successful writing requires creative energy, and when you’re burned out, and just writing because you want to keep at the ‘write everyday’ routine, your writing feels forced. I have experienced that many times. And each time, I felt depleted, as opposed to fulfilled.
I notice that when I write with creative energy, I walk away from the computer feeling utter satisfaction and fulfillment, and in a much better mood to deal with the everyday challenges three children and a baby provide. But when I force myself to write, I often find myself rummaging for elusive vocabulary, staring at an annoyingly white screen, and feeling agitation at the fact that in a few minutes I have to go downstairs to cook dinner, feed the baby, and serve the family. I walk away from the computer feeling deprived and incomplete.
I will take heed, and try to write when creative energy abounds.