How to Deal with a Loss of Writing Passion

Where Has My Writing Passion Gone?

I’m tired, not the I need an early night tired, but that bone tired. I ache all over and I have no energy left.

My writing this week has suffered. I managed to publish two pieces last week. A new low for me. There was no joy in writing and no enthusiasm to try.

Then I read this article from Tom Kuegler about his lack of interest in making Facebook videos.

I have lost my passion because I try too hard

For months I have been chasing the big money and views. For months I haven’t received the views I wanted. I have been chasing a dream and when I didn’t realise it, I lost my passion.

I used to write for the love of writing, then I was trying to write anything for the sake of views. This is the first post, in ages, where my fingers have flown across the keyboard.

The excitement is back, the passion to complete typing is there. I don’t care if it sounds like a moan and nobody reads and claps for this post. I’m writing because I have to get something off my chest.

My life needs to be simpler.

There are things in my writing career that bleed the energy out of me. They make me tired and they need to go.

My beloved Facebook group is taking more and more of my time. We are infested with writers that drop links, receive claps and do nothing to reciprocate. I’m done with them. I’ve kicked the members out.

I would rather have 100 loyal members, than 600 who don’t help each other out.

To aid with this I have set a second group up. Drop & Run Bloggers. Here writers can drop and run with no obligation. It will take little admin work and give my members a choice.

My publishing schedule has gone.

I am not going to force myself to publish every day. I will publish when I have something to say, on whatever subject, I want to write on.

I am also reducing the amount of marketing I do on my posts. I know what you are thinking, but hear me out. I am evaluating the platforms that have the best results and concentrating on these only.

The things to do when your passion goes?

Re-evaluate your goals. What do you want to achieve with your writing?

Streamline your approach and where you interact. I found that promoting, was taking more time, than coming up with ideas and writing.

It is no wonder my writing ideas have run dry.

Reconnect with writing. Stop worrying about the rest of the crap, such as claps and views. Write because you can’t bear, not to.

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Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

5 thoughts on “How to Deal with a Loss of Writing Passion

  1. When your motivation for writing wanes, I suggest you take some time to rest your mental muscles.

    I understand the part where writing or blogging becomes addictive, but you need to be fit to churn right and timely words.

    When it comes to writing, I avoid writing for the sake of interactions like claps, comments and likes.

    Why? I can’t control people’s reactions to my posts. I write because I was born to do this.

    Also, I realised blogging thrice a week *bled my energy “(😁). So, I altered my posting schedule to twice a week. And it helped.

    The pressure is off my neck.

    Thanks for sharing this post. I can relate.

    Liked by 1 person

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