The Fine Line Between Laziness and a Lack of Motivation

It's been a while since I posted on here. Unfortunately, I can't use 'fighting bad guys' as an excuse, because frankly, I wasn't. I wasn't writing, I wasn't reading, I wasn't doing anything besides sulking. It was beyond writer's block. It was a life block.

I called myself lazy.

Then I realized that was a lie.

That's when I learned something: there's a fine line between laziness and lack of motivation, and I had just discovered it.

By definition, laziness is the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy.
And lack of motivation is the lack reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

So what does this have to do with writing?

Writing is work. But not just physical work, where you pick up a pen and write words. Writing is emotional, maybe even spiritual. And if you're lazy, well, you can't call yourself a writer. But if you're lacking the motivation, then yes, you can still be a writer. My point? If someone—and this someone can be yourself—calls you lazy, don't take it to heart, unless you know with utmost certainty that it's true. If it's true, then I don't even want to talk to you.

If it isn't? Don't let the word destroy you. Because a word can destroy a writer. Every time you pick up your pen/pencil or plug-in your computer to those outlets that deliver electricity, you'll hear that word in your mind. It will hinder your muse, it will hurt your emotions. Your writing won't be the same.

But now you're saying: what's the difference? Whether I call it a lack of motivation or laziness, it's still a form of writer's block, or living block, if you will. It's still THERE.

But it isn't. A lack of motivation is something you can fix. Find a way to get motivated. Read some of your favorite novels, read author success stories. Get your head back in the game, or your lack of motivation will turn into laziness.

And always remember: there's a fine line between laziness and a lack of motivation. Stay on the right side.

1 comment:

  1. That's kind of my problem, not just with writing, but all the places. It's kind of good to distinguish that, though, because too many times that is something easy to forget...