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Writing a Book: How to Recapture Inspiration and Lost Interest

All writers have probably experienced loss of interest. Yesterday the story was breathtaking, today it lives on, but a week, a month, two weeks pass, and it fades, loses color, does not cause the same emotional response. Only astonishment - why did it catch you? And regret with bewilderment and irritation - you liked it, why the interest is gone? And the book stops being written, and the inspiration disappears, and the story that was started is put aside. Or replaced by a new one. And gradually gathered a sort of graveyard of unfinished stories - solid beginning without end.

Why does interest disappear? Why do stories "cool off" and stop liking it? Let's look into it.

Reason one: "I know everything, all invented, and I'm bored.

Boredom is often cited as the reason. Plot moves invented and thought out, the most exciting scenes are mentally built and studied from all sides, hooked episodes (this is usually the beginning) are written down. That's it. And mentally you return to the story less and less often, and writing is boring.

What to do?

First of all, figure out what's caught in the story. We have books and movies that we watch dozens of times, we know by heart the plot moves and favorite phrases. But we still revisit and reread them. So why? We know everything, but it's still interesting. And if we come back from a trip, we tell our adventures in detail to family and friends. Why? We know everything. We remember every step and every feeling. We remember the stories and tales told by locals or guide, and gladly share them. And what about "bored because I know everything"?

Now let's draw an analogy with a made-up story. What caught you in it? The characters, the plot, the world, the emotions, or just the ability to escape headfirst into the fiction, away from reality? This "hooked" should be the engine of interest - the first. The second is your "want to say." What are you writing for? What topic you raise, what problems you talk about? (What do you talk about with friends over a cup of tea, what excites and bothers you? What situations are you ready to experience and discuss endlessly, even though you know everything for a long time? Why?)

Boredom does not occur when you know everything. It's when you do my geometry homework have nothing to say and nothing to want. When you don't expect anything from a story. You just liked the image or the world, captured the emotion of what you came up with or saw or read. And there's nothing of yours in the story. There isn't what you want to say, which is purely personal and painfully interesting.

There are two ways out of this situation. Or look for the lost interest - sorting yourself out and shifting your problems and desires on the "book" shoulders, or leave yourself and the story alone. Put it aside and get on with other things. Forced, as they say, do not be nice. And everyone has a cemetery of unwritten stories. And let it be. Nothing wrong with that. Besides, who knows, maybe in five or ten years this story will come across your eyes, and you will finally find the lost interest, you'll understand why once started writing it.

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