So what do you do when you have the writerly blues? I just can't seem to get back to work lately. We've had company, which has been a blast, and summer's coming (not that that makes a big difference in Hawaii, but it's a mental thing). I had a new idea last week and wrote several pages, but I'm still stumped on SEDUCING EVANGELINE.
In other news, saw MI 3 and THE DA VINCI CODE. MI 3 was okay. I' m not a big fan, but it wasn't too bad. DVC was pretty good, I thought, but I didn't have the book interfering with my viewing pleasure. I have no idea if the movie takes liberties or not, but I liked it.
What about you? Any big Memorial Day weekend plans? Summer fun getting in the way of the writing? Is it permissible to take time off, or should you spend every free moment you can manage to grab working on something?
When I have the writing blues, I work on something completely different for a while.
In my case (and I admit this of my own free will), I work on fan fiction. It’s something that I can mess around with, let creative juices flow, and if I feel like it, post it on the internet at my fan fic site.
A lot of the time, though, just stretching my wings on something that I know won’t be publishable except in a free forum helps me “relax” and get back into the mode. I can better get past blocks when I’m relaxed, and sometimes, that’s all I need to do to get over it.
Haven’t seen any movies at the theatre lately. Rented Rumor Has It. Very enjoyable. Had some truly LOL moments.
We’re participating in a cul-de-sac party tomorrow, doing some yard work and heading by boat across the lake to a friend’s for a cookout on Monday.
I’ve been kinda blah on writing. Not sure why. Problem is, I don’t have time to be blah with the goals I set for myself this year. Revisited them recently (on my blog) and was surprised to see how many I’d accomplished w/o looking at them. Gotta ramp up the productivity, though. I’ve got company coming in June and an editor appt at RWA Nat’l in July to prepare for. Ugh!
Hi, Candace. I don’t think I’m blocked necessarily, just don’t feel like working on anything. I think it has a lot to do with the changes happening in my life this year. Husband is retiring from the military, and we have to decide whether to stay in Hawaii or go back to the mainland, among other things. It’s just been a bit, well, depressing lately, I think. 🙂 Good idea to work on things that don’t have attached pressure to succeed. 🙂
Hey, Carol. I think goal setting is a good idea. I need to revisit my goals. I also think we need to live our lives, or what’s the point? I love reading Joe Konrath’s blog, and I feel guilty when I don’t embrace his philosophy about writing to the exclusion of other things, but I think I need the recharging from time to time. If I have to walk away from the computer for a couple of weeks, then so be it.
We rented The Family Stone last night, btw. I did not like it at all. 🙂
I am writing and writing and writing… but not on my blogspot. I saw the end of the tunnel on my New Member’s Guide for MARS. I only have to write about nine more modules, then I pass it around… and then rewrites. 🙂
Also, I have to get my book review done this week for The Vasculitis Foundation.
Once I finish my tech manual, then I start back up on my novel–
We had visitors last week, so this week we are trying to take it easy. I have been trying to get my rest in too. AND that’s all folks.
I want to report. I finished the manual. 🙂
I think I started a storm… because a lot of stuff (how things are done) has not been written down. We are challenging the status quo with this manual. LOL.
I love it.
you have interesting writing ambitions. When I have the writing blues, I watch my favourite world films or old comedies on dvd and I also listen to a lot of music and just chill out for awhile. Normally, fatigue is a culprit and after awhile, it flees.
You have a very nice blog, by the way.
Same here, Lynn. Just chill out for a while and for me, it usually returns naturally. Just about everything is a source of inspiration for me, so the blues don’t usually last too long. It’s the getting the butt into the chair that gets me! LOL
I know it’s hard when you get into that space. I go through cycles it seems… but it can be guaranteed to happen if I don’t get enough “me time”… time to meditate, to recharge, to see the world with fresh eyes and an open heart.
So what I do is try to get away from a few hours… just me. I take a blanket and a pad and paper and I go find a spot on the beach… and let the sound of the waves soothe my mind and soul. And I let my mind drift, if an idea comes, I jot it down, but I don’t put any pressure on myself to come up with anything significant.
Hey, everyone! Thanks for the comments. I’ve figured out that it’s a bit more than typical writer blues lately. It’s life stuff, which I will write an entry on soon….