Before 2020, I had a hard-core writing routine. I woke up, took care of my motherly duties for my kids and fur babies, plopped my butt in my chair and wrote. I wrote until the kids came home, and then I was mom again. I managed to write and publish five books with this model in less than four years.
I published my last novel January 24th, 2020, right before the world went to H-E-Double hockey sticks. I was pretty sick at the time, having some unknown ick that was making me want to sleep every moment of the day, so I didn’t dive into the next book like I usually do to keep the momentum going.
The pandemic hit, and my family all came home. My once quiet routine no longer existed, and my chance to find that routine I so badly needed has never returned.
Over two years later, and I am still struggling to find my flow. Hold myself accountable. Get words on the page. And honestly, it sucks.
Writing is my passion, my characters are my friends, and when I am not writing, I am moody and twitchy, and another word that rhymes with twitchy that I’m not allowed to say in this blog post.
So, I went on a search to see how to break my writer’s block.
This is what I discovered…
For me, writing requires me to be in the right head space. If I’m tired or stressed or preoccupied with something else, the words don’t flow. So, I had to find a way to be creative, get those words on the page, but not force them, they needed to come naturally.
That meant baby steps. One sentence, one paragraph, once page, one chapter at a time. Setting small attainable daily goals for myself. Nothing overwhelming. No timelines or due dates to make me feel guilty if I missed them.
And that’s what I started doing a few weeks ago.
Since I am in the deep editing stage of a book, I set the goal to use Margie’s highlighting system, something I had not needed to do for years since I could see the colors in my head, but felt would be the best way to get myself going again. And it worked. The whole first half of the book is highlighted. I made notes, added everything into the computer, and I’m ready to start on the second, really sucky half of the novel. But that second half is a beast that needs to be tamed, and one I am not sure I can handle all at once. And honestly, that scares me, and that fear will cause the writer’s block to kick in again, and I can’t have that.
So how am I going to handle it?
One sentence, one paragraph, one page, one chapter at a time.
But on the days where it all seems so overwhelming, there are other things I can do that can help me stay creative, and make sure the nasty writer’s block stays away. This is my list.
The idea is to get into a new space so you can open up those creative juices.
When our imaginary friends don’t want to play with us, it makes writer’s sad and depressed and cranky. But sometimes just changing a few things in our daily lives will help overcome the writer’s block that can cause any writer to go insane.
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