Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m in a slump.  Last week, I was on a major roll, writing every day, sometimes twice a day. When not writing, I was thinking about writing, researching history or backgrounds, or tweaking characters in head.  I wrote, and then edited, and pushed and finished a short story in record time.  AND it’s one I’m rather proud of.  However, once completed, I JUST COULDN’T WRITE ANY MORE.  I fiddled with pages, I tinkered with edits.  I threatened, cajoled, bribed, ranted, cried, pep-talked and everything in between.  Still no luck.  I used all my old tricks to get into writing – deadlines, timed exercises, partnered-writing, 5 minute flash.  Still nothing.

Now, when writing for “fun” this wouldnt’ seem an issue, but if one is planning on writing “seriously” (and I use both those terms with caution) then it’s a safe assumption that, just like you can’t wait for the mood to strike or the muse to visit, you can’t wait for the slump to pass.  And….still no luck.  I find myself working late, cleaning my house, cooking (and trust me, that is VERY rare), blogging, exercising; basically any and every thing I could do OTHER than write.   So with that desperately sad confession, let me throw open the doors and ask:  Suggestions anyone?

P.S.  “Pants. Chair.” Hasn’t really worked so far.  My fiendish self managed to wrangle free and is now running pants-less through the house. Scrub THAT image from your brain if you can.  🙂

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About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.