Saturday, September 26, 2009

Down Time

I woke up this morning, and for the first time in several weeks, I didn't have a huge list of things to do for teaching. Okay, I did, but the list is for a class I start in three weeks, so I can't say I feel the tremendous heat of fire under me to get the stuff done. 

I know, I know, I will regret this soon. 

Still, it meant I had most of the day without anything pressing on me. I called a few people I hadn't spoken with in far too long, cleaned the kitchen, and then told myself, "Hey, self, you could finally write something!" 

Oh, to write after so many dry months of not having the time. Oh, to pick up my laptop, and instead of logging into my four different e-mail accounts (I'm not kidding), just avoid the Internet completely, opening up my play about two people at an airport and working on it, or planning out more of my revision of my Thomas novel, or even revising my Ark novel (I've been waiting to do this since June)! 

But that's not what I did. I played games, I played around, I read books to my kids (Okay, that's a good thing to do), I made dinner, I set myself out on a blanket on the lawn and read the last few pages of David Copperfield. Only after I'd put my kids to bed did I try to write.

That would be an okay ending, if I spent the next few hours writing. But I didn't work. I read through the short play so far--and I still like it--but when I sought the next real shift, the next touch of dialogue, my mind came up blank. Suddenly I felt like the last place in the world I wanted to be was here, with the laptop in front of me. I didn't want to write. Even setting this down, I admit I feel a bit writhe-ish (I must be taking a page from Uriah Heep), and all I want to do is go upstairs to bed--and not write tomorrow, either.

I can't say I know for certain, but I don't think this writer's block is going to be good for me long term. Any ideas for how I can get myself out of this writing funk?


  1. It may not be writer's block but computer-itis. Go hike a trail or play in a park, get some sun, get AWAY from the computer, and, if you mind wanders back to the writing, give it some thought.

    When you've refreshed yourself, you might find the interest in writing has been reborn.

  2. I agree with Stephanie; I don't think it is writer's block that makes you chafe but the thought of sitting down at the computer AGAIN. Remember in my reply to your "Feeling lazy..." I found the cure of rest and other activities prepared me for tackling academics again. So free yourself to do a different activity and be renewed.

  3. I know I am behind on this post... but to get past writers block, I just write until it makes sense or I get in the grove. You can delete the page or two you wrote to get back into the feeling of writing.

    Or another way I get past it is to open a file for ideas. This is where I brainstorm and write down anything that relates to the story in any way like characters names, new scenes, new obstacles to overcome or feelings to explore in my story...

    This is a great way to overcome writers block and give you material to go back to if writers block comes back...

    Works every time for me, just focus on one point and expand upon it until you feel compassionate enough about it to go back and write it in your story…

    best of luck.