Lately, it’s gotten harder and harder for me to write. My muse has definitely left the building. Yet I know if I want to sustain a career as a writer, I need to be able to write even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I don’t feel inspired. I’m constantly reminded of what Nora says–that writing is hard work and the only way to be a writer is to sit one’s butt down in a chair and put words on the page. So I’m trying to remember that, while at the same time trying to encourage my muse to come out and play.
One thing I’m experimenting with is moving my writing space. I’ve always written at home or at places like Starbucks, yet lately neither place is working. I get too distracted by other things I need to do at home, or by how loud or cold it is at Starbucks. Someone suggested I need a separate office space to write, so I can truly treat my writing as a business. So I’m trying out a space (a friend of mine only uses her space part-time so is letting me write there the other days). The first day wasn’t terribly productive but I can still see the possibilities. If I make the plunge, here’s a space I have my eye on.
Still, a part of me keeps thinking writing at home or at Starbucks should be good enough. And if I rent a space, won’t I feel more pressured to write that much more? Like I’m already behind the eight ball and just need to earn more money as a result?
What do you think? And what do you do when your muse goes into hiding?