Lulls and Funks

by Kathy on November 18, 2011 · 5 comments

in Inspiration, NaBloPoMo, Writing

It is Day 18 of  NaBloPoMo and I have hit some kind of lull or funk.

Its not that I don’t have enough ideas for what to write about here, its that I am just not *feeling it.* I have a list of topics that I am looking forward to exploring, but today I do not have the inspiration and motivation to *go there.*

In my regular blogging life, when I am not trying to post every day, there would be a simple solution here, not to write and post a blog entry today.

However since I am determined to finish what I started with NaBloPoMo, I am writing this post and will “publish” it here. That said, I decided not to force myself to write about one of the many topics that have been brewing inside of me that I want to do justice to. As I feel like if I do make myself write about one of the topics I have in mind, the blog entry will not be as good as I know it can be. Instead I will wait until I feel inspired to dive into them and instead will write about how I am feeling and what I am experiencing right now.

We all have them, right?! The times when we are not inspired and motivated to do that which we want to do or think we are *supposed* to do. We get into these “lulls” or “funks” and it can be hard to climb out of them.

So what do you do when it happens to you? How do you pull yourself out lulls and funks? Do you allow yourself to wallow for awhile? Do you have a special way that you get yourself back on track?

I would love for you to share what works for you during times like this in your lives. Maybe that will help turn things around for me and get me over this *hump* and back into the blogging groove that I was having so much fun with earlier this month participating in NaBloPoMo!

Also, I know other bloggers have done this before, but I have never tried it here. If there is anything that you would like to see me touch on or write about here, please feel free to ask me a question or suggest a topic and I will gladly consider writing one or more posts to answer your question(s) and/or address your ideas. Thank you!

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1 anntrea3 November 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

I like your post today : ) I am still new to blogging and haven't had the "not feeling today" thing yet but I would get that all the time with work. For me sometimes it just takes longer to produce less and other time I just have to get up and do something else for a while then come back to it. When all else fails – coffee!

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2 columbibueno November 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

This was a good question. Something we all go through, the lull, the funk-a-not-licious! I force myself to write 750 words about anything and everything, dreams, nightmares, complaints, ideas, what have you, just one big uncensored mess. This alleviates the pressure to write. From the mish mosh crazy writing soup arises the aroma of a fresh…post or installment.

Other than that I give myself a deadline, a window of time in which to pout, say 20 minutes, and then it's back to not feeling sorry for myself.

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3 Tina @heatherandtina.com November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I struggle with lulls and funks too… somehow they resolve themselves. Maybe a strategy would push me through them faster. Thanks for making me thing about that! Congratulations on making it to day 18!

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4 Esperanza November 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Sadly my advice won't help you much: I usually just step away until my muse returns. I do think it's a good idea to hold out on writing the posts you feel passionate about until you feel passionately about writing them. That doesn't really help you in the here and now though. Sorry! I hope you find your inspiration soon.

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5 Kathy November 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Thank you all for your feedback and validation. I really appreciate your support and what you shared about your own experiences with lulls and funks.

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