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I can't get motivitated!!!

post #1 of 6
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I'm really reluctant to write this. I don't want it to seem like I'm complaining or feeling sorry for myself because I know there are so many people with real problems. But, I'm just getting so frustrated with myself because I just can't get motivated to get anything accomplished at work. Okay, I'm getting done what I need to, but nothing more. I haven't been taking much initiative lately on finding stories lately or taken advantage of some the opportunities that have come my way. I haven't been nearly as productive as I'd like to be and my editor doesn't seem to care. She seems to be in the same rut.
I really love to write, but it's hard been hard to find the words lately. I keep thinking I'd like to write something different, maybe submit an article to a magazine. I get all these ideas, then don't follow through. I feel like there's so much more I could be doing, but just can't find the energy and enthusiasm.

If anybody has any suggestions, I'm open to them. Anyway, thanks for listening. You're all so great about that!
post #2 of 6
I dont think your complaining or feeling sorry for yourself...sometimes we get in slumps and then in a few days you'll feel better. Maybe you have some things on your chest that you need to talk about...i get like that when i'm really bogged down. You sound like a really great person and have alot going for you...this to will pass.......
post #3 of 6
I hear you. I worked for a newspaper for 8 1/2 years and went through bouts of motivation drain too many times to count. I always got out of it by finding the most creative, outrageous, funny story I could find. Didn't really matter what. I talked with friends, family, other writers about ideas. When one came along, it worked like a charm.

You might also want to check out a new website, www.happynews.com. It is looking for people to submit feel-good stories from their communities. It pays meagerly, but don't believe that is the point to your issue.

Good luck.
post #4 of 6
I think we all have days like those at some point. I always remember a while ago, someone here was having a lot of things going on one after another, and someone said to wait three days and things would be fine again.

I tried that myself once and it worked!. I bet in a few days the words will come flooding in to your head
post #5 of 6
I've been having that kind of day for weeks now. I think slumps are natrual in every line of work. You'll get through it. (=
post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the encouragement, guys. Here's what I'm up against. Right now I'm working on a story about revisions to interfaith marriage guidelines and this afternoon I have to put together something on all the new Catholic school principals

We're also working on a story about the latest clergy abuse case. What is wrong with these guys?! (better for IMO), but
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