Dealing With The Dragons
I am working on finishing SLEEP TIGHT this month and am dealing with the usual spots where things are hard to write. I’m using www.campnanowrimo.org this month to push me through to the finish line.
It’s made me think about what writers do when they are at a point where they feel as if they are slogging through quicksand.
(Believe me, we ALL hit that point in every book.)
It’s the point where you start to flounder, your confidence lags, and you start to believe you’re writing a book that no one will ever want to read.
So, here’s what I do:
I try to stay in my story. I might not be feeling it so I’ll seek out inspiration that helps me get my groove back.
I’ll go on Pinterest and create boards to “cast” my movie version, to “location scout” where I see my scenes, or to create the “soundtrack” for the novel.
Between looking at images and listening to songs and sounds that feel like my story, I find I refill my tank and start to get my words flowing again.
Even if I’m kind of stuck in a certain spot, I’ll rush through my rough patch just to get some words on the page and to keep the spigot open. I know where I want to go and can always fix those ugly areas when I start the editing process.
What do YOU do when it starts to get hard to write? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!