“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~Oscar Wilde
Writers at all stages of their careers can slip into ruts that are hard to get out of. In my own experience (and from talking to many other writers about this), I’ve learned that the ruts often boil down to the negative things we tell ourselves coupled with our resistance to changing the internal narrative.
For instance: “I want to be a writer, but I don’t feel inspired to write.”
Too many writers end the sentence there rather than “looking up” from where they are on the path and replacing a dreary period with a way more energized semi-colon followed by concrete action that can be taken immediately.
Here’s an example of how the above sentence can be different and way more motivating: ”I want to be a writer, but I don’t feel inspired to write; therefore, I’m going to research how serious writers power through this kind of block.”