Winter may be over… but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put away the plow.
Often, we are bombarded with that little voice in our head that makes it difficult to write. We will spend hours cleaning out the desk; filtering our “favorites” in our computer’s browser; or grooming the dog just avoid the process of writing. And why? Because in our heads, the process got stuck. We’ve been hoodwinked into believing that we just can’t be creative today. If this sounds familiar, you may have mastered the fine art of procrastination. Most great writers are wonders at this distraction technique. Consider yourself in good company.
However, most great writers also understand that getting published actually means that you have to write. The old Nike slogan, “just do it” comes to mind.
When you find yourself in that spot, you may not have an idea of how to plow through and get to the writing … although you may REALLY want to. Here’s a suggestion to get you started.
Try outlining what you want to write. Don’t worry so much that your outline is in the correct order, although it would help. But just focus on writing the bullet points first, and then go get lunch.
When you come back from a healthy lunch packed with protein energy, sit down and fill in the holes of your outline. You may discover that by sowing the seeds and then taking a break, your creative brain will work on moving your writing forward when you weren’t paying attention. Then go get dinner.
After a healthy and satisfying dinner, and of course, chocolate for desert… take another look at your outline and the filled-in holes. Move them around so they make sense, and expand where necessary. This process is actually how I write my novels. It works really well for me. Breaking up the process into pieces makes it seem less overwhelming – and I can jump around and fill in the holes as the thoughts come into my brain, rather than following some arbitrary set of ordered rules.
I also find that when my mind is easily distracted, I reach out for some instrumental music – usually something classical so the lyrics don’t get in the way – to give the part of my brain that’s not writing something else to focus on. I’m always surprised at how well this works.
I hope this method works as well for you as it does for me!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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