I’ve been thinking about making this blog a little more formal; so, I’m going to be using headings so that you know what is what.
I’m going to be doing things a bit differently from now on. I’d like to have the freedom to post as much or as little as I’d like as often or infrequent as I can.
I don’t know when I’ll have time during the day, and have the inspiration to just sit out and give you an article like a newspaper would. Hence, these rather intermittent posts that really don’t seem to have a specific time or date set on which they will be published.
What I want to do with this is make it a minute-by-minute blog. Not all the time, but when I can I’ll write down my thoughts as if it’s a social media network, I’ll format it and phrase it how I want, and then post it anytime throughout the day that I get the chance.
So, unless you’re signed up for my email updates, you won’t know exactly when the next post will be coming out, precisely.
Shake It Up – Shake It Off
These are the two things that you can do to get out of the slump. Well, other than sitting and waiting for it to pass; which, I won’t judge you for, because I’ve done that… a lot, regrettably.
If you’re in that state of mind, in that anti-zone where you can’t think of anything to write, or don’t want to write, it might be time to shake things up. This pertains directly to your story, directly to your writing, directly to everything you’ve been pouring your mind into that you just get bogged down in, or hit a roadblock with.
Sometimes you have to pick the story up, drop it on the ground, and pick up the piece that stayed mostly intact. This is your most solid piece of writing; this is the root that everything else stemmed from; this is your basic concept and you may just have to rework everything that goes around it. The shaking up process is juggling everything around and watching to see what little, loose ends, which rabbit trails, and which pieces, characters, elements, themes, scenes don’t belong, or are so weak they break off.
Shaking up stories is incredibly difficult, mostly because we take so long creating them that it’s painful to lose work, to get rid of something and never get it back, those hours, those words, maybe even some thoughts that we really enjoyed writing. However, shaking up a project is sometimes the best thing you can do for it.
Now, shaking off, or as I phrased it above, to “shake it off”, pertains directly to you. Sometimes, actually most times, you need to get out of the house, out of your comfort zone, out of the place where you’re so apathetic towards life that you don’t want to do anything, including write. So, shake it off.
What I do most of the time, maybe 98% of the time is get out and walk around. For some reason creative minds are stimulated by motion and action, just as logical minds are stimulated by emotion and reaction.
Getting up and walking around; most often I’ll dictate into my phone, and consequently wade through the marsh of AutoCorrect’s butchering of what I said. Because it’s a lot easier to talk than it is to write, I can say things as fast as I can think them, sometimes faster. When you write, your fingers and mind can’t put the same inflections and intonations on things as your mind can, so often it takes longer to describe how you said something than it does to say what you said.
It’s not the same steps for everyone. “Different storks for different forks” I suppose. But everyone has some way to Shake off their slumber towards writing, or towards life. We’re all alive, but few of us are really living. Find your awakening and your life and your writing will benefit exponentially.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist