When You Don’t Feel Like Writing


I apologize for not posting anything for a while. I’m currently working on one of the most difficult projects of my writing career. Keep checking back in the next several days and you’ll be hearing all about it. I can almost guarantee it will affect you directly.

But even for those of us who have a deep-seated passion for writing can grow weary.

After all, we’re staring at words on a page. And in the midst of a writer’s block, that’s like staring at a wall watching the paint dry.

It can be mind-numbing!

And so come the days when we just don’t wan to write. We want to give up. We just don’t feel like jumping back in.

But we have to train ourselves to think differently. To see beyond the words on the computer screen.

There’s a scene in the movie Patch Adams where a psychiatric patient (with more wisdom than the doctors gave him credit for), asks Patch how many fingers he sees when he holds up four.

“Four,” says Patch.


Watch the clip below to find out why Patch was wrong.

When we focus on the words in front of us, we’re focusing on the problem.

So I look beyond the words on the screen. I focus on the future. I want to take my kids to Disney World whenever we want. I want to provide a comfortable house and life for my family. I want to write for a living.

That’s my solution.

That’s what I focus on. Not the problem of an unfinished book.


About Andrew Toy
I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own publishing company that's unlike anything you've ever heard of in the industry. The direction of AdoptingJames is taking a 90-degree turn and will be more writing/publishing-focused. Stay tuned for huge updates and exciting news!

9 Responses to When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

  1. thewriteedge says:

    Head down, and keep focusing on the solution. It will all come together in good time.

  2. whereshappy says:

    This is a great post. I go through something like this every other week, at least! Keep your eyes on the prize!

  3. No matter how you love to write, when you don’t feel to write, nothing can push you to do it. When that spirit of passion returns, you will write like one possessed.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. Been losing motivation and momentum too. 🙂 Too true.

  5. geoch1 says:

    Good tip!
    And good luck for your Project!

  6. Looking forward to your news about the project. I know this feeling so well! Good luck.

  7. Pingback: On Writing: Finishing That Novel | adoptingjames

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