We writers are a weird breed, we are so tied into what we do, we are not happy creatures unless we produce something every day – and I don’t mean blogging – there is a sense of wasted time or, worse, a wasted life unless something is written and some character or plot has grown.
The answer seems obvious. Write something. We all get mired in some part of our projects, so the trick seems to be to write something else. Each story has length, so if you’re momentarily stuck in one section, go work on another. If that doesn’t work for you, there’s always another story – something, somewhere, it will make you feel that you’ve got something done.
Sometimes I blog by sitting down and just writing something – rambling mainly until a theme takes charge, then I hone it down and end up with something to say. The same can be done in your writing. Sometimes just the action of writing out a sentence or a paragraph can be enough to start the ball rolling. Many a time I’ve wanted to capture that one sentence, only to end up with pages. It’s a great feeling. That’s also why I get up in the middle of the night if those words are forming because I just know it will keep going.
So, if you’re sitting there, staring at the screen and waiting for inspiration, try to dodge that trap of “filling in the time” by surfing the net or playing games. Make it an intention to write one sentence or one paragraph before you give in to temptation to put you mind elsewhere. If it doesn’t take off, you still got that sentence or that paragraph, and if it does take off, then – hey – you got some work done and there’s till heaps of time left in the day.
I find it amazing how so many writers are only happy when they write, but distance themselves whenever possible by dodging writing.
Like I said, we’re a weird breed.
Oh, for the record? I’m going great with book three. Va’el is being his usual obnoxious self, Sevi is itching to do things to him she’s not allowed to, and the sparks are beginning to fly. Could be good, eh? 😀