Well, that’s Christmas out of the way. We’re now sliding down the slippery slope towards 2020 and getting back to the old humdrum routine of life.
And honestly, I’m in two minds about how I feel about that.
On the one hand, I’m sad that I only have a few more days off work left.
On the other hand, I’m almost kind of glad, because I’m wondering if getting back into a routine will help me kick this massive bout of writer’s block that I’m experiencing.
I don’t generally suffer from this particular malaise. Usually the writing comes easily. This past week, however, I’ve written very little, despite actually sitting down to do it.
It’s not for lack of ideas. I’ve got a fuck-ton of those! book 2 has been planned for a while, the whole outline put together in my Monster-Master-Spreadsheet! I’ll admit that sometimes I get less than enthusiastic about writing some of the ‘filler’ chapters (the ones necessary to move characters around the chess-board so to speak!), but some of the chapters I’m trying to write I’m quite excited about.
Some of them I’ve actually sat and daydreamed about, picturing them in my head. I know the dialogue, the actions, everything.
But the words aren’t flowing onto the page.
I’ve wondered why…
The only thing I can put it down to is Christmas.
I’ve eaten so much I feel unhealthily bloated. My sleep pattern is all kinds of whack. There’s so much going on right now that it’s distracting me.
So, that’s my problem… And my first question for you guys is…
Are any of you having the same issue?
Or do you recognize the symptoms?
If so, what do we do about it?
I’ve tried both writing in silence…and having background noise. Everything from movies I know inside and out, to music that usually relaxes and inspires me.
I’ve tried jumping back to book 1 to do a little editing, hopping into my spreadsheet to plan and plot, and jumping around book 2 to try and find interesting things to write.
My next thing may be to go and try some art. That sometimes relaxes me and prods the writing process into action.
DEFINITELY I’m going to get my lifestyle back on target this week. That means sleep at the right time, and eating foods other than carbs!
(I secretly suspect that this will fix the issue!)
But if that doesn’t work… I’ll need your help.
So my follow up question becomes…
What do you do when the block strikes you?
I’m inviting you guys to come and offer your advice to anyone (like me!) who may be struggling at the moment.
Help and advice welcome in the comments below.
Love & Books