Monday, November 26, 2012

Writing Blues



It can be hard to write on a Monday, even harder to get back into the swing of things when it’s the Monday after a holiday and maybe you haven’t written in a week or two. Not that any of you hard core writers would actually sacrifice your writing time for “life”.  Yep, me either.   

Still, supposing it had happened.  For me the best way to get back into it is just jump.  I open the manuscript, read a little before where I want to start working then plunge right in.  The first bit might not actually be good. Hey, who am I kidding, the whole first draft isn’t good.  But at least I’ll be writing again.  Supposing I had stopped that is.  

How do you get back into the swing of things?

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  1. Yep, pretty much the same as you. Read over the last bit I wrote then jump back in. Happy Monday. :)

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    1. Happy Monday to you too!

      I think that is the best way really. Otherwise there are too many distractions.

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  2. Same deal, though I usually try not to stay away for long. If I do, it's because I'm working on another project. I suffer withdrawal symptoms if I'm away from working on my novels for too long (with means longer than a few hours). lol

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    1. I suffer withdrawal too but sometimes life demands more than I can accomplish.

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  3. Jump in like you. Of course I have to completely read and edit everything that I wrote previously, but it helps to get back to the threads I was working on.

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    1. If I start editing I'll never write anything new.

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  4. Getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. I'm in a slump right now, been staring up at the swing from the ground up since I fell off it days ago.... :/

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    1. Sorry about falling off the swing. You'll get back up and hop on when you're ready. For now enjoy the view of the clouds. :)

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    2. Oh look, I see a dragon..... (:

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  5. Just start. Yup. It's what works for me too. And I do take writing breaks, all the time; I need them, just like I need breaks from any other thing.

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    1. I don't take breaks but breaks are forced on me by life. Though that's probably a good thing.

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  6. For me having a set time to write is key. However, I will be attending my son's concert this evening at the university where he's a student. I have a five hour drive ahead of me; writing will have to wait today. Have a great week, Sara!

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    1. Have fun at the concert! That's a long drive but I'm sure it will be amazing.

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  7. Music. Give every manuscript a soundtrack and you've won half the battle.

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    1. Awww shucks. I can't write to music. Guess I have to battle it out the hard way.

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  8. I'm with you - best to start writing right away, before I have time to dwell on whether it's good or bad, and before my mind wanders. Eventually, I'll get into a flow and the words will seem less like blathering nonsense...

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  9. This is SOOOOoooo me today! Ugh. Help???? ;-)

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  10. Yep, me too! Writing today is _hard_.

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  11. It's hard, but jumping in is the right thing to do. "STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. JUST DO IT!" I say to myself. It works. It really works.

    I hope you had a great week, Sara!

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  12. Getting back into the swing of things after time off is HARD. Visiting blogs help get my writing juices going.

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    1. Visiting blogs does help me get very writerly.

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  13. *Raises glass of water because I'm not 21 and therefore cannot raise a glass of wine (legally)* here here!

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    1. Hey, I prefer water, I'll raise my glass too.

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  14. Hmm, I'm a down to the core writer...I mean who else do you that bounces back from a stroke which left her paralyzed and starts writing again in two months post-stroke? That's pretty drastic, but while I write every day it's not necessarily my book that I'm writing.

    To get back in swing of things, I'll do what you just did...write my blog and or answer e-mails or write anything. It starts the juiced following.

    No first drafts are ever going to be good or perfect...that's what second and third drafts or editing is for.

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  15. I start by vacuuming. I know this is weird, but I never get very far before I'm setting the wand down, turning off the power, and making a beeline for my computer. It's something to do with being mobile, I think.

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    1. Sounds good to me. I have great ideas while on my morning walk.

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  16. i did the same thing. i read the last few paragraphs to refresh me, and then dove in head first...more like pencil first! :0

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    1. Exactly! Though I'm keyboard first. :)

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  17. One think S.K.'s book did help motivate me with is making more of an effort to write every day. Glad you're getting back in the swing of things too :)

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  18. Much luck with writing. Sometimes I have to really push myself to get a little done at a time, but hopefully my story is exciting enough to me that it doesn't take TOO long...

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  19. Just keep writing. Eventually you'll find your groove!

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