Holiday writer’s woes

It was my intention to complete two stories while here on vacation but the progress so far has been almost nil. I think it has to do with my overall vacation mentality. First, it’s tough to find a chunk of quiet time where I can go and sit and write, but when I do find the time, I don’t feel in the mood to work on either of the two stories. This seems pretty typical of when I am away from the house. I don’t have the same kind of enthusiasm for writing as I do when I am ensconced in my office at home. I think in part it is because I have trained myself by force of habit to be at my most creative sitting in my chair at my desk. It makes it a little frustrating when I’m away from home, however. I feel like I should be cranking away at the stories but can’t seem to get myself started on them.

Do other writers out there experience this same phenomenon, too?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

2 replies on “Holiday writer’s woes”

  1. I could try that and see how it goes. Right now I’m trying another Asimov solution: I’m trying to generate inspiration by rereading the Foundation trilogy. A technique also known as procrastination. 🙂

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