So I’m officially writing my 30th post on my 30th consecutive day of writing. That’s pretty damn cool. Even if I’m still a little stuck on my novel.
Some writers and writing coaches feel that you should just keep writing even if you’re just writing crap because eventually the crap will turn into gems. That’s the theory. But what they often forget is that every writer – like every person – is different and has different effective ways of working. So with that in mind, I went to the bookstore for inspiration. (And for procrastination – I had a lot to do when I got home which is why I’m still up…) Anyway, at the bookstore, I started reading a writing book that I’ve been interested in for awhile: Word Work: Surviving and Thriving As a Writer by Bruce Holland Rogers. There’s a reason why I’m still into this book and I might just have to go pick it up tomorrow. Only reason I didn’t today is that I thought I might already have it.
What’s the point of this? That there are multiple ways of reigniting inspiration and interest in your work – as I’ve said, outlining is one of them, but another is dipping into a really good writing book, one that gets you excited to find a way around your block. So that’s what the book did/is doing. I feel like my few days away from my novel have been good but I’ll be ready to start writing again soon.
In the meantime, so I don’t lose momentum, I’ll keep doing what Heather Sellers says to do in Chapter after Chapter: “Your book should always be running in the background of your mind, even when you aren’t literally putting words on paper in your studio.” Well, I don’t have a studio but you get it: keep your novel in your mind – think about your plot, your characters, your scenery, all of it, even when you’re not writing. It’s amazing how much that works at keeping the magic of writing alive for me, even when I’m in a minor block.