What To Do When You’re Not Writing


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It’s passed the holiday season in Israel, where I live. I had lots of vacation days and lots of free time. Did I use it to produce more quality writing? Did I continue to write my novel? Not quite.

But nevertheless, I’m not disappointed of myself and here’s why:

  • I needed the rest after a long summer of a 9-6 work day.
  • I still wait for feedback from beta readers.
  • I needed to understand how I feel about certain subjects so I can write about them honestly.

I must tell you, living in Israel isn’t easy (duh). Being the “audience” for the situation in Gaza, Iraq and Syria makes it tough to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. Who is a “freedom fighter” and who is a “terrorist”. Whenever I hear about war, conflict, the downfall of economy or the climate change, it makes me feel like I need to choose a side for a debate that might come.

The answer is always more complex than a two sided argument, but this is how my and the rest of humanity’s brain work.

As a writer, dealing with dramatic conflict is my bread and butter. But when it comes to writing a novel based on reality and my personal world view, the bread and butter become stones and mud. It is difficult because my world view changes constantly. Every day I hear more arguments regarding why this or that side of the conflict is right. This always leaves me confused.

In my novel, currently titled “Under Control”, I write about a dystopian post climate crisis future. The involvement of main themes such as rich vs. poor and nature vs. technology are very much affected by today’s problems. And I just can’t write without being fully immersed in my truth, which I haven’t decided upon yet. I know some of you feel the same about your writing being sincere.

What can you do in order to progress without writing?

  1. Read and watch material that is relevance to your story.
  2. Take on new adventures and experiences to broaden your mind.
  3. Do the complete opposite of what you’re used to do.
  4. Ask only a few people for their opinion.
  5. Keep asking yourself questions about your story.
  6. Repeat until an answer comes and light the way.

After engaging in such experiences and new ideas I start to see the answers clearer. I now have a new ending to my novel, I have more notes from beta readers and I’ve build new anticipation in  myself in order to continue writing. In parallel I’m editing my short stories volume, which will be available in English soon. If you wish to be notified about it don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list. on the side-bar.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

– Benjamin Franklin

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