Lost your paddle? You still have hands!
The age of digital self-publishing – for all the motivation it can generate – doesn’t preclude a writer from going through a rough patch. Your head is full of ideas, and you can’t wait to sit down, watch what happens, and transcribe what you see into your .doc, but for some odd reason the words just aren’t flowing.
Do not confuse this with writer’s block. I don’t believe such a thing exists. I mean there is ALWAYS something to write about, even if it means just writing about not having anything to write about. You never know what will pop the cork on a sparkling bottle of free-flowing narrative.
As it so happens, I’ve had that kind of week. My word count has been in the crapper. Not for lack of ideas, but instead, having difficulty making them work in my current project.
So how does one paddle against the current?
If you’re a writer, you press on. You have to. Some writers can work on multiple stories at one time, and that can be a good palate cleanser before coming back to the story that’s been mocking your inability to complete it. Personally, I don’t work on anymore than 2 at a time because of my well-documented problem with NOT finishing these things. I also find it helpful to focus on the end result: having a story that I can put up for sale *myself*.
Imagine that, Rules #1 and #2 at work again.
***Happy Birthday Little J!!!!***
Till next time.