Sunday, June 19, 2011

One of those weeks

I’ve had one of those weeks. You know, not a good week, and not a bad week, but a non-writing week. And I hate those.

I work shift work, which is always a challenge in itself. Usually I manage to get some writing done in work time – either saved onto a flash drive, or on my laptop, or in an old-fashioned device known as note book. But this week…nothing. And it’s not like it was that busy. I just didn’t feel like it.

Meh. Motivation. Have none.

And maybe things will look different tomorrow, when I’ve caught up on sleep and my brain is back in action. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself. 

So tell me, guys, how do you get your groove back? 


  1. Sometimes all you can do is sit down and make yourself do it. Hopefully, you'll get back into the groove after a few paragraphs.

    When I don't feel like writing, I find its a good to turn to my notes if I already have say dialogue handwritten, but not the entire scene. If I say, "Okay, I can at least type this dialogue into my document because it's already written and easy and I don't have to think about it" then I find myself naturally filling in all the scene stuff that goes between the lines of dialogue. Then next thing you know I've gotten a whole scene written, and I may be even ready to move on to the next one.

    Anyway, good luck. I know that feeling and it is the worse.

  2. I looked up that notebook thing, and they look cool. But what kind of battery life do they get?

    And Cacy is right - do something else, to sort of trick yourself into it. There's so much to be said for just showing up. But don't hesitate to take a week off and not feel guilty about it.

  3. Geoge Carlin once said, "They found the cure for apathy, but nobody cares."

    Yep, I always save my handwritten notes for when I know I should write. Typing them out puts me back in the story.

    If I don't have any anything that needs transcibing, I go to a rough spot in the ms itself and revise. A lot of times I find that these rough spots are the source of my lack of interest.

    I think whatever strategy you use, it should involve with reconnecting not so much the act of WRITING as with the story itself.

  4. I worked so intensely doing the last revision of my novel that when I was done I was about ready to collapse. I took about two weeks off from writing and just sort of worked around the house and in the garden. I think I needed to reconnect with normal life again. It helped. I'm jumping into a new project now and I also got a revision request from an agent, and I didn't even freak out at the thought of working on the old novel AGAIN. :)

    Take the time you need to reconnect. It helps.

  5. What works for me? Doing some kind of writing gets me back into it. (whether it's for the blog, or future ideas for blogs, or even an idea for a new novel). If I can't get into the novel or WIP, I do the admin stuff I usually avoid. OR I'll start reading a book from the TBR file - that usually starts the process clicking again in my head.

    It's not a bad thing to clear the head, disconnect from the devices, and smell the coffee and the roses. The doldrums always pass.

  6. At the first of the year instead of making new year's "resolutions", I set targets--if not 1000 words a day, then 2 pp. If not 2 pp, then 15 minutes freewrite. If not 15 min. then at least 10 words. That has been so freeing! 10-words might mean a short journal entry, a word association exercise or a bit of a poem (and I'm not a poet by any stretch of the imagination)--anything to feel like I've exercised the creative muscles.

    And, if the day ends and I realize I've forgotten to do a target, I let it go. I figure ideas are percolating on their own and I'll realize them later! So don't worry when the days are dry. You're a writer--I believe the brain is working in the background :-)

  7. Thanks guys!

    @ Cacy, see that's the problem with being a notes to fall back on!

    @ Steve. Have you been reading "It's a Book"? The battery life is excellent, but the screen resolution sucks.

  8. Watcher, I think I have manuscript fatigue at the moment. I need to wait until I have fresh eyes, and then step back in. But now is the time to work on other, weirder ideas!

    LG, but i HATE gardening! Never mind, I can always spring clean. See, usually just the thought of cleaning makes me head straight back for the computer. It's the ultimate motivation!

  9. DG, I know it will pass. I just hate the waiting! Still, I could always sort out all my tax papers so I'll actually be organised this year. My accountant would probably appreciate it.

    @ Kenda. That's exactly the problem! Not that I haven't written, but that I feel I haven't exercised the creative muscles! But you guys have all given me such great ideas, that I'll be back on track in no time!

  10. Some weeks like this just happen. Best not to dwell and push on to the next. Sometimes our brains are all like "OK STOP. JUST, look, you ask a lot of me and I give and I give, but some days all I want to do is watch Jersey Shore and Iron Chef for 8 hours straight."

  11. Agreed, Sommer! Maybe not about Jersey Shore though! I think my brain stem would force its way down my throat and strangle me just to put us out of our misery.

  12. Jen, when I feel like I can't possibly look at my WIP any longer, I realize I need to do some *personal* writing because this usually means I haven't written in my journal in ages. So, I spend a good hour catching up on my life in my journal. It doesn't get me right back into the swing of things, but it certainly helps to clear my head from that clutter.

  13. Never heard of "It's a Book" till you mentioned it. "I'll charge it up when I'm done." :-)

    Plus, you can throw a book across the room without feeling bad about it (unless it hits a possum), and you can't use a Kindle as kindling.

  14. Steve, it's a great book!

    And I'm fairly certain throwing books at possums won't work. I'll have to start throwing javelins.

  15. Jen--hope you're having a better week! Just want you to know I've got some awards for you over at my place today :-)



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