Today's question: How do you find the energy to write when you're not in the mood?
The short answer? I don’t write. I’ve been recovering from the flu bug and some other crappy bug for the last couple of weeks. That’s why I’ve been MIA from NaBloPoMo. Sorry… You all know how the flu makes you feel. Then, afterwards, you’re doing everything you can to increase your energy level. I tried to write during that time, because I wanted to keep my word to you and challenge myself to write every day. Believe me, it was awful! I figured you all would forgive me. Right?
Now, the longer answer to today’s question. I usually don’t force myself to write. Last week was a rare occasion (maybe the only occasion. Was it the high fever? Hmm..anyway). Words are so powerful and delicate at the same time. Also, when you have an appreciation and care for your audience, you make quality your priority. I’m very grateful for independent publishing for that reason. As I make my introduction to the literary scene, I want to make sure that I offer you quality as well as a raw glimpse of my writing style. My desire with After the Sixth Day was to present to you my story—uncut. Then, I can sit back and wait to hear from you on how you received the book via your comments, emails, reviews, etc. Hearing from you energizes me and motivates me!
As a poet, I never know when the mood to write will hit me. Pen, paper and/or computer are always close by. I even keep a mini-notebook in my purse or use my phone when I’m out and about. When you get a chance, there’s a poem in my book called Jesus Was at the Gas Station. LOL I was actually pumping gas when those words came flooding in my head. I stopped pumping and tried to jot everything down in the notebook. It was too much. Since I had just left home, I rushed back there to write the words down. I couldn't wait to see where they would lead. You’ll have to get the book to find out the lesson in that one! ;-) I laughed and cried…
If you’re a writer who DOES find the energy to write when you’re not in the mood, I’d love to hear how and why. Or anyone who just wants to share how you find the energy to do the things that are important to you when you’re not in the mood, please do! Thanks!