What to do when you just can’t write?
Last week I had planned to finish edits on my manuscript, and then life happened. It was one hit after another and my writing time was filled with trips to the doctors, trying to find help for a sick fiancé overseas and comforting him, and some major problems on the health front for myself and dear friends. At the end of the day, I ended up doing more harm than good to my story, which is why I always save copies before making major changes. (Thankfully, I was able to save me from myself!)
So now what? How do you stay in the story when you can’t be trusted to work on the story? Even if I wasn’t writing, I made several outlines and was able to pinpoint trouble spots. I’m a seat-of-my-pants writer, but when editing I find charting my book helpful. After two days, I streamlined the book’s action.
Then I watched documentaries similar to my research to help bring in that missing human element. I baked while listening to my favorite audiobook, which allowed me to decompress, and actually even had me thinking about my story.
Sometimes life will get in the way of you physically writing, but writing in your head still counts as long as you get it down on paper the moment you can. Whether or not you’re at your computer, you need to be working on your book every day.
Keep at it friends! I believe in you.
On this day in 1927 – The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington, DC, to New York City. The audience saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover.
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