However, there's always that point where passion meets pragmatism. More and more these days, I find there are times I need to put one project aside in order to work on something else. Logistically it sounds easy, but motivation wise it can be hard. How do you regain that passion again when the timing is right?
In sports terminology, people talk about "being in the zone." That's the sort of magic ethereal spot where everything is clicking and an athlete is performing at a high level in a way that feels effortless. There's nothing more enjoyable than writing "in the zone," but, similar to sports performance, most writing happens outside of it and that's what needs to be planned for.
Things that help me get back into a project:
1. rereading what I've already written. That probably sounds obvious, but starting back at the beginning and reading through can get some mental momentum going.
2. having a playlist or other sensory markers that are correlated with that piece of writing.
3. curating a collection of items or ideas that represent my inspiration for the project. These could be images, quotes, news articles, etc... I personally am not very visually inspired, but for those who are, Pinterest seems like a good tool.
4. outlining. Sort of. Too much feels like drudgery and responsibility and No Fun. Just the right amount gives me a sense of purpose.
5. writing a letter to myself about what my motivation for a project is and how I am connected to the idea on an emotional level.
What about you? Do you have any tips or ideas for how to reconnect with a writing project after putting it aside for a period of time?