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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