I’ve done it. I’ve survived an intense 5-month-long stint at the day job that took me away from writing, home, and pretty much everything in life outside of work. With all of that behind me, I’ve had time to catch up on some sleep, re-read some favorite books (salve on the psychic wounds), and start relearning the daily rhythm of life.
The next logical step should be a triumphant return to writing. Pent-up story should be rushing through my veins. My characters should be whispering in my ear, telling me their deepest, darkest secrets, enticing me them to get them onto paper. Right?
Turns out, none of that’s as easy as it sounds. My story brain is stuck in neutral and I just can’t get it engaged.
In addition to rest and reading, I’ve also watched story in form of favorite shows and some movies, old and new. I’ve set up a jigsaw puzzle by the back window of the house so I can look out over the forest behind us in all its springtime glory. But while I usually hear characters’ voices while I fit together the puzzle pieces, lately I just hear silence. Or worse. Sometimes I hear the list in my head of all the life stuff I still have to do. My endless to-do list. That’s a creativity killer, right there.
After putting my to-do list onto paper, browsing the most recent RWR magazine, and catching up on writing blogs (like this great one from Chuck Wendig with advice for young[ish] writers, and this post from Barbara O’Neal about following creative passion), I’ve run out of stalling tactics. Sometimes the only way to get through something is to trudge right the hell through it.
So today I’m going to skim the WIP I left hanging at the midpoint, then get my ass in the chair and the keyboard in front of me, and just pick up where I left off. I might get 10 new words on the page. I might get 100. They might be crap. If I’m lucky, at least one day this week I’ll break 1,000 words and they won’t all suck. And you can play along!
Each day, sometime before midnight East Coast time, I’ll stop by the comments and report my progress. If you’re writing this week, or think you should be writing, or are fighting through your own stalled progress, feel free to join in and share your results with the class! If you have words of encouragement or solace, please share those freely as well. I’ve got the computer fired up, wine at the ready (I’m bound to need it at some point before the day/night is over), and plans to throw words at the wall until at least a few of them stick. Care to join me?