Focus is shot, relaxation is really scarce right now and I can’t just sit down and come up with thoughts that aren’t all over the place.
Days like this affect everything, and sometimes it’s more than just a day. You scramble to come up with something, you’re searching all over for something that can help you think better and get your head together, and you turn up with empty hands and more frustration. To call it a bad day would be taking credit away from the good things that have happened, but it’s hard not to when all you can seem to do is swat at thoughts as they race through your head.
I don’t have a cure for this, still, but sitting down and listening to music has helped before. When you force yourself to just get out what’s in your head, sometimes it can be more successful than others. You want to write something specific before, but then when you shake out your head, there’s a specific something that’s stuck, that you can really let go about.
If you can afford it, don’t worry about certain writing obligations on days like these. And if you can write at all, do it to your heart’s content, whatever can be shook out. Grab hold of whatever you can and don’t let go until it’s all gone.
Just in case you find your head too hectic to actually write, don’t. Forcing it isn’t going to be enjoyable or even yield very many results, and if anything, it’ll make things more sluggish, taking longer.
It’s been hard trying to come up with something today, one of those days for me. I’ve gone through several good topics and came up with just about nothing until now, but there’s nothing I can do but ride it out. Tomorrow will be better. I’ll have a clearer head, one that’s not just running wild with ideas and thoughts and what have you about everything else going on in my life.
Don’t be afraid to take days like these off and return to writing when you can. It’s so much better when you have clarity. At least, in my opinion, though I’m sure there are those that thrive in the calamity.
I am, however fortunately or unfortunately, not one of them.
-The Novice Wordsmith