If you could write anything, what would it be? A children’s book, a memoir, a poetry collection, a cozy mystery? Life often gets in the way of what we want to create as writers, and we end up completing only what helps us make a living. By no means should you stop writing what earns you money if you’re not in a financially comfortable position. But, that doesn’t mean you have to completely give up your writing dreams.
Write For Yourself
Here are a couple of ways to go about rekindling your passion for writing: let your mind play and make some time for yourself. When you approach writing as a chance to create something rather than a means to an end, you can actually have fun with it. If you’re writing something just for yourself, you don’t need to worry whether anyone else would like it. Maybe you haven’t allowed yourself to do that since, for example, you wrote journal entries or poems or stories as a child.
Make Writing Fun
Fortunately, you can still create for creation’s sake. But wait, you may object, what about all the responsibilities I have now that I didn’t have back then? This is an important point you bring up, certainly, but if you view writing as a creative self-care activity, you may be able to find a little time every day or a few times a week. And, if you’re actually having fun writing whatever you want, you’re more likely to find time than if you’re writing because you have to do so. You might find yourself replacing things like TV time with writing time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. And, if you end up liking one of your creations enough to move it forward in the process to revision, editing, asking for feedback, and pursuing publication, that’s great, too.