So Frustrating!

@Robin55 (225)
United States
March 9, 2011 8:00pm CST
I write SEO articles but I'm also working on a book. I'm also a part-time caregiver in the mornings. The problem is that I feel most interested in writing when I'm at his place in the mornings and by the time I get home in the afternoons, the urge has left me and it only gets worse as the day goes on. Does anyone else have this type of problem? What can I do about it?
5 responses
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
10 Mar 11
Yeah, it is a common problem. There are times during the day when writers are the most creative and other times where nothing works. The best you can do is get up earlier, carry around a notebook, and if you can rearrange your schedule. I realize that the last option is probably not viable. But carry the notebook so you don't lose your ideas. Each writer is different when it comes to the time of day that they are most creative. Some are in the mornings, others in the afternoon, and still others inspiration is in the middle of the night.
@Robin55 (225)
• United States
10 Mar 11
I carry a notebook and have a little tape recorder, so capturing the ideas isn't the hard part, it's actually being inspired to sit down and write sometimes. I feel most like writing in the morning or in the middle of the night. The problem with this is that I work part-time in the mornings so I can't be up all hours of the night and I can't write while I'm on the job. The afternoons are crazy and then by evening, I've run out of steam.
• United States
10 Mar 11
I will say this, you are not alone. Unfortunately, there really is no cure unless somehow everything magically changes as it does in the stories. If you haven't, check out Absolute Write to get in touch with a community of other writers.
@Robin55 (225)
• United States
10 Mar 11
Yes, wouldn't that be wonderful if it would just magically correct itself? LOL. Thanks for the tip about Absolute Write. I'll check into that.
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
I guess we're in the same boat. I also experience some ideas while on the go or when I am busy with something else besides writing. It also happens that I get most of my ideas when I'm not exactly in front of a desk with a paper and a pen. Since most of ideas come in the least expected times, i often carry a small notebook to jot down some notes and ideas. I have a good memory but I don't trust everything on my head, especially if I'm having a crappy day. I also want to preserve the connections and other things I thought on that moment that I can further develop. Writing on that small notebook helps to relieve the burden of of trying to remember things, ideas and connections that I already made. Other times, The ideas and my writing style flourishes when I'm actually encoding them to the computer. I keep a written draft to have a central focus but I usually add more to my electronic copy rather than in my written draft. I can advise you to follow my method - carrying a small notebook. You can also jot down some ideas from the people in your work environment that might interest you to write. If an idea pop into your head, write it down. It works especially if you have those busy days and emergencies in the office.
@Robin55 (225)
• United States
10 Mar 11
Hi! I do carry a small notebook and also a mini tape recorder for getting ideas down and so forth, but when it comes to sitting down and actually writing things out, there's where I have the problem. It's just something I have to work through, but I find that when I try to force myself to write, that's when things go badly. It also doesn't help that our house is crowded and I have nowhere private to write. My office is the coffee table in the living room, so there are distractions all over the place. Not sure what to do about that either. My income is limited so it's not like I can rent an office or something either. Oh well, I'll figure it out some how.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
10 Mar 11
Hi Robin, I always fear blank pages since my college days. I used to write with a pencil and paper for it makes me more creative. However, the impetus to write comes naturally to me especially when deadline looms and the paper is still blank. I have to go around composing things in my head, even in my bed or on the street and I usually get them on paper when the opportunity comes to write them down. I do not use pen and paper anymore now for I like the way a word processor handles the stream of thoughts. Copy, cut, paste, delete and everything can be possible without the usual headache of looking at a cluttered composition on paper. Touch typing also facilitate fast flow of ideas and I just hit the Delete button if I don't like what I see onscreen. However, I had to resort to the old way of jotting down the framework of my composition on paper if if becomes too complicated to bang it on a keyboard. In that way, I always have a visual presentation of what I like to portray using the art and science of writing. One personal observation I had: I always go dry on the stream of ideas and thoughts after a marathon session (10 hours or more) of playing computer games, watching TV or DVD movies. Now I know what to avoid whenever deadline looms nearer.
@med889 (5958)
10 Mar 11
I write too and I can fully understand you, there are times when we feel most to do the writing and sometime the place is essential too. It happens so you do not need to worry too much, find yourself another place make it your place and put everything around clean and neat and put some of your stuffs you will need and then start writing. Sometime I do not feel to write at home so what I did is to build up a small study room downstairs and go there when I feel frustrated in my usual study room.
@wuliaode (92)
• China
10 Mar 11
This problem is indeed more common ,I think it is better to take a laptop,so write it down with feeling