I write in fits and starts. I wish I didn’t. I wish I wrote every day, butt in the chair, hands on the keyboard, etc, etc, every day, but I don’t. Sometimes, I do write a lot and think of my story and my series a lot. And sometimes I don’t. I am in a don’t period right now. Back in the November, NaNo gave me a huge boost in word count, creativity, and energy for my story that carried me through a month or two. Then life interrupted . . . I don’t need to go into details on my interruptions, you can fill in the blanks with yours.
I googled the title of this post. The first thing to pop up was a Chuck Wendig: Terrible Minds post from 2012. I really like his content, but often not some of his word choices. #1 suggests reading outside your comfort zone. I thought, yeah, maybe I should do that because I rarely do. But then I read #2. I rather read a book I love utterly. I might do #3 and read something really bad so I can fix that in my head while I’m reading. What I really need to do is all the way at the bottom of this list at #25. Just do it.
Write to Done is a new writing blog for me, but I liked this short post on Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your Mojo. The first one feels like cheating to me. I’ll just call my period of not writing a ‘rest period’. #3 suggests talking about your book. This is front and center in my brain because a friend asked about my book on a 5-mile hike the other day. It got me talking about it again and I got excited about it again. It generated some positive self-talk like ‘Yes, I am a writer and I like my story so why aren’t I doing anything with it’. So now, I need to #4 and #5, recommit and read what I have written.
Write Your Journey is another new writing blog I discovered with this google search. It’s not so much what she wrote at the beginning that struck me, it the 7 ways to get your writing mojo back at the end of the post, except the Chinese calligraphy. My son takes Chinese and I’ve seen what goes into producing those characters. Taking my writing to an unfamiliar location, timed writing sprints, journaling (I would journal about my characters not about me), and reconnecting with writers’ groups (as discussed in Elizabeth’s post yesterday), forums, online writing classes is something I’ve been thinking about.
What do you do to get your writing mojo back?