Have you ever experienced an excruciating writer’s block that leads to extreme depression? I haven’t been able to write a single meaningful thing for months. I feel like my talent and motivation is draining out of me by the second. All I want to do is write but it just seems impossible. What could I possibly do?

Definitely! And sometimes it’s the other way around.

Try setting off 15 minutes for yourself to write tomorrow. Then, sit down wherever you normally write, and breathe deeply 3 times. Look at your surroundings and take in all the details and colors and little things no one but you would notice.

Then try to write about the one that interests you the most.

If that doesn’t work, then try just writing about your day or about something you like so the blank page isn’t so intimidating, and it gets the blood moving in your fingers.

Everyone deals with depression differently, so it’s hard to say what will help the most, but I think since yours is related to your writing, then you need to figure out what allows you to write.

Here are some motivational posts of mine to help you get going:

  1. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/145161649035/the-i-am-useless-disease
  2. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/144586014234/how-do-i-encourage-myself-to-write-more
  3. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/137358281140/the-worst-thing-you-write-is-better-than-the-best
  4. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/133421046308/im-not-getting-much-inspiration-lately-and-i-was
  5. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/132620967079/well-uh-hi-im-participating-in-nanowrimo-but
  6. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/131499408279/hplyrikz-i-can-relate-to-this-i-am-still
  7. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/130486812932/every-writer-ive-ever-spoken-to-feels-fraudulent
  8. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/128786381655/this-is-a-stamina-game-so-dont-despair-if-you
  9. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/127248506477/cannibalcoalition-i-must-remind-myself-that
  10. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/121135858654/so-i-actually-have-several-questions-but-ill-keep
  11. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/113265886679/allow-yourself-to-be-a-beginner-no-one-starts
  12. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/107612348210/any-book-is-better-than-no-book-slowly-surely

There are basically only 2 things you can do when you’re depressed: wait it out and do things when you can.

You can’t get stuff done every day. But when you can, DO. If you feel up to stepping outside for a few minutes, do it! Get that Vitamin D!

What I’m seeing here is that you’re continuing to put higher expectations upon yourself. You haven’t written a good sentence in months, so you expect your next attempt to make up for it.

Stop doing that.

Write a whole bunch of crappy sentences if that’s what it takes to get a good one.

First drafts don’t have to be good. You have to start somewhere. If it takes 50 paragraphs of your first chapter to get to your good sentence, then keep writing! Highlight that good sentence. Come back to it later. You’ll have plenty of time for editing the crappy stuff–I promise. <3

It gets better.

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