The last few weeks have been stressful and busy, and the next few weeks are going to be much the same. Which means I feel like:
Even things I enjoy, like writing, feel like a chore:
I recently came across this quote from Susan Orlean on writing, which seems particularly helpful when I’m stressed and when the writing is hard:
“You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it.”
It’s easy to love writing when the words are flowing and you have the time to focus on your craft. But sometimes you have to remind yourself that you love it and that it’s worth it, even if you only get a few words down at a time.
So if you’re having a rough time and feel like the words aren’t flowing, try to remind yourself that you love writing, even when it’s hard and you feel like you can’t get anything on paper. Loving writing when it’s hard is when you’re at your most writerly.