Reading Slumps and Writer’s Block

Good morning everyone! I have a full work day ahead of me (11 hours!), so I’m actually writing this post from the past – hello!

Today I wanted to get some frustrations off of my chest. As you may or may not know, my top 2 goals for this summer were to read more and write more. To help with that, I decided to run a super, super casual daily writing challenge throughout August.

Well, things haven’t gone as planned.

First of all, I’ve been working a lot more because two of my coworkers have had to take time off for personal reasons. I have been covering a lot of their shifts, and today is my second full-day shift, which is rare.

Secondly, because it’s nearing the end of summer I’ve been going out more, spending time with my friends and boyfriend before we all head back to school in September. This also takes up a lot of my reading time (though I 100% do not regret it).

As for reading, I’m not sure if I’m just in a huge reading hangover from Six of Crows, or if I feel bad for reading because I know I’m supposed to be writing. My Goodreads says that I’m currently reading 3 books, but right now I don’t know if they’re necessarily the books I want to be reading. All of this adds up to one big reading slump.

And writing: I started out my own challenge strong, but it looks like I lost my inspiration during the second week – ain’t it sad? I just don’t feel like writing anymore, which is frustrating because during the school year all I wanted to do was write stories.

So, what have I decided to do about it?

For reading I think I’m going to duck out of Seize the Book’s choice for this month (Sorry, Adele!). I have wanted to read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson for so long, but right now it’s not the book I want to be reading the most. I think I’ll also stop reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, because I haven’t picked it up for a while and it, too, is not a book I feel like reading right now (not sure if I’ll give it back to my aunt or if I’ll just keep it for a bit). I want to start focussing on what I want to read, especially the books I already own. I also want to go to some YA events that Indigo is hosting, so I should try to read the books by the attending authors.

For writing, I’m not going to try to push myself anymore, because it just leaves me frustrated and it’s wasted time. I’m going to write when I feel like it, because that’s when I’ll be the most productive. With that in mind, my daily writing updates are going to stop. So, I basically failed my own challenge. Sorry. I know, it’s really bad. If you want to see someone who’s doing really well with this challenge, check out my pal Wolfie’s stats! Wolfie’s been doing so much writing, and I wish I had that kind of creativity/inspiration! I’ll keep doing the prompts on Mondays (if I remember), but I definitely think the next writing challenge I do is going to be a week long – one month is too much!

Do you think this is a good idea? If you’ve got any suggestions or words of wisdom for me, I’d really appreciate it!

Talk to you all soon.

~Becca

 

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