How do you restart your writing practice?

I’ve lost confidence in myself as a writer and I need help.

I haven’t written anything of substance in months. Work-related emails don’t count no matter how detailed and thorough they are. I get an idea for this site and I quit before I’ve even started: my brain turns to mush and I can’t seem to string a sentence together. I haven’t been making – or taking – the time to write anything. I think about journaling and my eyes get so tired all I want to do is nap.

Is this normal writer’s procrastination, or is it a sign that I should just give up?

I don’t want to give up. I know I need to stretch myself to get going again. And stop listening to the defeated voice in my head that tells me that I’m just not Good Enough to share my thoughts with the world. Because everyone is Good Enough to share their thoughts and the web is the equalizer that allows all of us to do so.

What do you do when you’ve lost confidence in your skills and it’s time to build them back up? These tips could be for any skill: writing, running, chainsaw juggling. I’m very open to your suggestions.

#reverb10 – Day 2: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing – and can you eliminate it?

December 2 Prompt

Author: Leo Babauta

Prompt: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Distract and procrastinate.

Aren’t those two of the most powerful tools in a writer’s bag of tricks?

In the thirty minutes or so since I started writing this post , I’ve chosen and fiddled with my choice of background music, flipped in and out of Twitter a few times, gotten Sean a snack and written some truly awful material.

I’m pretty sure I’m distracting myself from answering the hard questions here. Next I’ll procrastinate on actually answering the question.

I’m not so sure I can eliminate distraction and procrastination from my life completely, but I can certainly try to control it better.

How do you control your levels of procrastination and distraction while writing?

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