Monday, July 21, 2008

Recharging the battery

Everyone has moods, good ones bad ones, they affect our daily lives and allow us to have an individuality that is unique. However, they can also affect us in ways that we never consider. This past week was, for me a hard one, I couldn't wrap my mind around my writing. Picked up a pen wrote three words and that was it. Maybe its the realization that I've got a lot on my plate right now. I'm not entirely sure what the problem was, I did however know that at the end of the week I have nothing to show for all the countless hours spent in front of my computer.

I've managed to accumulate pages of research notes, ideas, character charts and outlines - but no writing for the fourth novel. It's a difficult task to force ones self to write but it is necessary. How can you successfully have a career writing if you can't write? How can a person get past their writer's block?

For me its as simple as stepping back and thinking about it. I'm working on developing a system to help me - even if its just writing something different. It's far from perfect - I miss as often as I hit but at least I'm trying.

I know there are a lot of people out there who are sitting there going my 'muse' has abandoned me but it isn't true. A muse, like a human being, can be affected by mood, by stress, desire, illness - they are inheritantly a part of us and therefore must be nurtured. Having said that, I'm throwing out this challenge to all writers. Turn off the computer, put down the pen, and step back - open your heart and your mind to more than just the endless clatter of keys and let the creative batteries be recharged. Take yourself out for a date, go somewhere that will enspire you, somewhere that will allow you to get in touch with that tiny little voice in your head that writes when you're sitting at the computer. You'll find with your batteries recharged and in touch with yourself that you'll get farther ahead with that project than if you'd struggled to write one page all week!