Monday, January 08, 2007

Where Was I?

Since it's been THREE WEEKS since I have written anything in my wip, I've been trying to get back into the story. It hasn't been smooth going.

Sure, I've worked out some plot issues in my head thanks to some light bulb moments, but I'm just having trouble getting into that groove. You know, the one where you're on a roll and you don't realize an hour has gone by. That one.

I guess I'm having trouble remembering the mood I was in, if that makes any sense at all. I wish I had made notes about where I was headed before my screen went out. That's what I usually do when I know I won't be writing for a bit. I write a brief outline of what's next and when I come back it's all ready. Argh.

How's your writing going? And tricks for getting back into the groove? Have I asked that question before? Probably.

April

12 comments:

Julie S said...

It's shocking, but my writing has been coming along! In other words, I've been writing stuff. Every day.

Good luck getting back into your story. It's hard, but you'll get there in no time! I have no tricks, except for sitting and staring at the screen for a while.

Debby J said...

Losing the groove is a depressing thing. I know. I do it all the time. The worst and longest MIA Groove Thing began last spring. I'd had a phenomenal 8 months prior to the abduction--writing every single day, chapter after chapter, knew my characters, heard their voices, was definitely IN THE GROOVE. Then I went home to Louisiana for 2 weeks and it all came to a screeching halt. Nothing. Nada. And the deep dark hole of depression, accompanied by the theme song of Poor Pitiful Me, got darker and deeper.

So what did I do? I had my good friend April kick me in the ass a few times. I read a lot of good books (fiction) for pleasure to get my mind off my troubles and explore other authors in other genres(subconsciously learning how they put things together). And I did one thing that to this day still gets my juices flowing. I put THE WRITER'S ALMANAC podcast on my iPod. It lasts 5 minutes. It's broadcast on NPR radio once a day, and it's been a godsend. It has nothing to do with craft. It has to do with writers and poetry and listening to the beauty of words. After all, isn't that the key to what we do? Loving the beauty of words.

I highly recommend it. It's kind of a woo woo thing, but then I'm a child of the 60's and kind of woo woo person. Sometimes.


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Emma Sinclair said...

Take an hour (or as much time as you have free, maybe a whole evening), sit in your chair and DON'T DO ANYTHING.

All you're allowed to do in that time is write. If you don't write, you're not allowed to do anything else either, just stare at the wall.

You'll either write or waste an evening, lol. Good luck!

Lis said...

I'm in the same boat except with doing the last edits on what I hope is the final draft. It sucks to lose the momentum. Maybe try putting on a cd or a song that fits a scene of the story and see if that helps you? I've been doing that and managed my way through a chapter and a bit on the weekend. good luck!

Karen Erickson said...

It's hard when you don't work on something for a long time and then you have to get yourself back into "the mood." I like what Emma suggested. Or just read over what you wrote and try to get back into that mind set. Easier said than done, I know...

Good luck!

Stacy Dawn said...

I like Emma's idea too.

I know what you mean though about getting out of the groove. The hardest thing to do is get back in it. Maybe try to visualize how it felt when you were there. Focus on it during Emma's hour LOL and maybe it'll help.

mary beth said...

Write at least an hour a day now. Even if it's crap, keep writing. Write journal entries in main characters' points of view. Love Emma's idea too!

Shelli Stevens said...

I do a lot more reading when I need to get back on tast. Or do write offs with friends. Where we'll IM each other and check in every hour with word counts. It's hard though sometimes.

Tess Harrison said...

I know how you feel April. It's tough getting back in the groove. That's why usually like to have a notebook of all my stories full of all my notes. But for some reason recently, I've been ditching the planning and just jumping in. It's taking a lot longer for things to work out for me that way.

Sarah L. Catherine said...

LOL - I have no idea what to do about slumps...that's why when the groove is working, I ride it as long as I can!!

I think reading is really good. As soon as I get into the characters and emotions, it gets my creativity flowing - and it makes me miss writing my own story. (Even when you read a bad book, and think - "I can write 10 times better than this!" lol)
Good luck!

Cole said...

I hope you get out of your slump soon! I want to know what happens to those characters! :)

Cole

Olga said...

I normally let the story run in my head, and then do what Emma says. Good luck getting back in the groove, April!