But over the last few I’ve noticed a few things that do destroy my writing mood.
One of those things is being overworked, to the point I’m afraid I’m going to forget something important.
Another is televisions shows with too serious a message, especially shows revolving around harming women, children or animals. I just can’t feel sexy thinking about dog fighting rings or child abuse.
But the most important is lack of confidence. When my confidence is knocked in one area of my life it affects my writing, even if the bash is not close to my art. Writing is such a personal activity, to the point that works are often called children or babies, and destroying them has been compared to killing.
I’ve come up with a few solutions for this, including making lists, limiting the projects I comit to and watching comedies while I write. But mostly I’m trying to give myself a break. To remember I’m human. I won’t be perfect at work. I won’t meet my writing goal every night. Every publisher won’t love my work. I won’t get every answer on a test. And I need to learn to be okay with that, to not lose my confidence and cool over these small moments. By doing that I’ll be able to not only write more but hopefully feel better about myself in general.