We are talking this week about writing tips, and I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring about the hard times, when the words stop flowing.
While there is no easy answer to days when the voices simply aren't there, here's a few tricks I try to get back in the game:
--Walk away. Do errands, take walk, a shower, cook a meal. And do NOT think about the book. For me, what often happens is the book slips back into my thoughts on its own.
--Turn to sugar and caffeine (a nice mocha latte?) which often jump starts my body and brain.
--Go read a book. Sometimes one I love--as well as one I don't--will inspire me to return to the keyboard, reminding me why I love to do what I do.
--Re-read what I've written so far, and do a little clean-up editing work. Just being in the story often helps me make new connections.
And when all this fails for me? I remind myself of Nora Roberts' famous quote (that I carry around on my keychain): "You can't edit a blank page." In other words, just get SOMETHING on that paper or computer screen to work with and from, even it seems horrible.
So now I'm calling out to other writers. What do you do when the words stop flowing?
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