Does anyone have any tactics for lifting yourself out of a slump of lethargy that is proven to work? Except that one about giving yourself a metaphorical kick up the behind and just getting on with it – I hate that stoical, tautological piece of advice. If I could do that, wouldn’t I already have tried it?
This week has been one of ‘those’ weeks. Time seems to have been hard to come by and whenever I have found it I have wasted it somehow. Perhaps it’s the late January melancholy that is causing self-doubt and frustration. Whatever the reasons behind it, I have not had a successful week:
To-do List Review
January 28th – February 3rd
1. Complete a final draft for Bingo Short Story Competition – Well, I didn’t manage to complete a final draft of anything this week. Instead I started yet another story for this competition without finishing it. I really need to sit down and motivate myself to actually reach the end of any writing I do.
2. Read Life of Pi (again) before seeing the Movie [looking forward to comparing the two] – I read the book again in around 2 days. I’d forgotten a lot of it, but it was great to re-read and although the movie didn’t live up to my expectations I’m glad I went to see it.
3. Read-through another 30 pages of NaNo #1 and make initial comments – I didn’t get this item on the list done either. I think I really need to carve out some time to dedicate to this rather than just assume an opportunity to do it will present itself.
4. Write three blog posts – one of which will be about the short stories I read – At least I managed something this week. I can’t say that I understand why the short stories I read made it into the final cut of their respective competitions, but maybe that will develop the more stories I read.
5. Start typing up missing chunk of NaNo #1 – Cecelia’s Story – Nope. Not even a little bit done.
The only thing to do now, to move on from this week, is to set new goals and try again. I can also admit that maybe I didn’t complete some of the tasks on my list because I simply didn’t want to do them. As a solution to that, I’m going to keep one and scatter the others through the rest of February. In addition, I’m adding something FUN (thanks to The Office of Letters and Light for the motivation!):
February 4th – 10th
1. Complete a story that would be suitable for submission in the Bingo Short Story Competition
2. Write three blog posts
3. Write a 250 word synopsis for NaNo #1 for the NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza
4. Identify three new blogs to add to my Reader
5. Start mind-mapping ideas for other short stories
Hopefully this creative mix of fun, but entirely crucial, tasks will help me get my Mojo back. If not, I don’t have a back-up plan, so any advice would be greatly received and appreciated!