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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by wardell, Nov 25, 2015.

    I don't know what to do I have lost interest in writing. I love to come up with ideas but to not like writing them down. I dread it. In the past to get in the mood I would turn off the lights and write by candlelight while listening to creepy music but I can't do that any more. And it does not help that I have dyslexia and depression it's so hard to fight though it
     
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    Hmmmm? Wondering if there ever was a prolonged period in your life when you loved to write and had little trouble with motivation? If not, and particularly if you are dyslexic, and you don't "have to" write, why write? Maybe there is another medium of artistic expression that better suits you. If there was a time that you once enjoyed writing and now find it tedious perhaps this is a (treatable?) manifestation of the depression you noted. In my view life is too short to attempt to force ourselves to do something that we do not enjoy (which is why I do not attend the opera).
     
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    I battle things in order to write. Don't have the best attention span, life throws its darts, depression, schedules - but no matter the bumps I ride them out. If you really don't like it anymore, I agree with DueNorth, why not try something else? Writing is terribly hard and not for everyone. I used to be pretty good at art - unfortunately I stopped doing it when I started writing so my 'talent' was stunted but I just didn't want to divide my time anymore.

    Or maybe your ideas are too big and they're frustrating you. I know there's nothing more intimidating than starting a novel knowing you got hundreds of pages to go - scenes and characters to juggle and a plot to keep track of. Maybe try some flash fiction.
     
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    I had the same issue about a month ago, and am now slowly recovering from it, thanks to the great advise some co-writers here gave me. It feels terrible, I know your pain. Just the fact that you did decide to post here shows that you do seem to care enough about writing though.

    With me, the problem was that I got too over-analytic in my thinking. I thought about my writing all the day, 24/7, wanting to make the most out of every second of my time available, and it backfired, badly. A sense of dread arose in me everytime I was about to go and write my ideas down on paper. The blank page, numerous plot twists and turns yet to be thought of, the not knowing where to begin, all of these are factors one needs to overcome, but it should never weigh so heavy that it demotivates. It did with me.

    Remember; writing can be a big part of your life, but life consists of other things as well. If you like writing as a hobby, don't try to be too hard on yourself. Don't force it. In your case, might I suggest opening up a blank page and write about anything that comes to mind? It doesn't even have to be something you already thought of.

    I will post this link here. It's the thread I posted here a while back when I was seriously demotivated and disconnected from my writing. Every now and then I still look up some of the great advise I got then, and I now have it added as a bookmark to come to my rescue every time I get that same feeling again.

    The biggest tip I got was simple: Let it all go for a while. Stop writing. Stop thinking about writing. Clear up your mind. In my case it took about a week or 3, for you it might be 1, or a whole year. Whatever the case, I found that it did help, and the interest slowly came back again, up to the point where I can now breathe again and actually sit down and write. Don't forget that making up whole stories, worlds, characters etc. in your mind may seem easy to you, but it is tiring, and being mentally tired can be even more so than being physically tired. This was the case with me. I thought so frantically that it tired me out, up to the point where I was thinking I was losing this thing that is precious to me.

    Here's the link. Hope it helps you the same as it did for me. http://www.writingforums.org/threads/my-enthusiasm-is-fading-and-its-a-terrible-feeling.141893/
     
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    Since you like to come up with ideas but hate to write about them, you can hire a ghostwriter. Or even more fun, you can collaborate where you come up with the ideas, characters and plots but someone else, maybe a friend or someone you're willing to work with can do the writing.

    That's if you don't want to do any writing. If you still want to write but don't want to be too pressured on it, I suggested that you don't stress yourself too much. You can take it slow and steady. Such as writing for only one hour per day or even half an hour.

    It might sound like it'll take some time, but your book doesn't necessarily have to be 500 pages long. Some readers prefer books that are concise but impactful. Meaning that if you can get your message across in even 20 pages then that's no problem.

    Also make sure to get help from your friends and family.

    Try to find a way to make it easier for yourself and don't stress yourself too much :)
     
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    I'm with @DueNorth - if you've lost interest in writing, do something else.

    Is there a reason you want to keep writing?
     
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    Don't write a book. Make a comic. Design a game. Create a song.
     
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    A bit harsh, really. I assumed that since OP posted this on a writing forum, he was going for feedback on how to rekindle his interest. He obviously doesn't like it that he lost interest, otherwise he would not even have bothered posting. Of course, other creative paths might be better suited to him/her. Might work better. Maybe after some time the interest in writing may even return.

    Then again, both comics and games need some sort of story, which needs to be written. Put down at least. Scripts, dialogues, plots, quests.
     

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