Ever get that feeling when you write? That soggy blankness that envelops the plot you had seen so clearly an hour, even a few minutes, ago?
Yeah. I think we’ve all been there somewhere along the way. In the past, I referred to it as “writing myself into the corner”. It came from not having a clear end goal. I don’t get that quite so much now. It’s part of the joy of having a basic outline.
No, now I suffer from burnouts. I blame this on writing so fast that I get ahead of myself. Either the characters stop talking first or the background’ll fade, leaving me with dialogue and breaks full of [???].
To clear my head, I take a deliberate step back from the writing. Perhaps I’ll play a computer game or watch TV or work on something else … basically anything that get me away from that story. Often, the storyline creeps back into my brain like an ignored puppy pawing at my leg for attention.
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Been there, done that! 🙂 Taking a break is a good idea, give the story a chance to come back to life again.
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I listen to music. Pop in a song from a playlist that I've already associated with a scene, and let the juices simmer for a bit. It usually helps me.
Totally. Some believe in pushing on and writing whatever, but I can't seem to do that.
Ah, yes, music. That's a lesser calling, usually reserved for chores, and I must announce “the earphones are going on” or suffer the wrath of those who have spoken to me and were ignored. >_>