I have been staring at the computer screen for nearly an hour trying to find the words to say. Blogging used to be easy. A thought came to me, I wrote it down, hit the Publish button and it was done.
Lately, however, I find my mind wandering. Not the kind of wandering that one needs to panic and see a doctor about; just the every day lack of concentration. I stare out the window and think about all the things I could be writing about, yet when it comes to writing them, the thoughts are all gone. Sometimes they come back – usually in the middle of the night when I’m too tired to get up and go to the computer. Sometimes it’s gone forever (this usually happens with the really good ideas).
My husband tells me that it’s a sign to slow down and enjoy life more. Maybe he’s right. I worked on my latest novel – Before the Applause – every spare moment I had, all the while working an average of fifty hours a week.
So I ask you, gentle readers, how do you cope with your writer’s block?
I have always enjoyed the late spring into early summer time best. The trees and flowers are in full bloom, and the air is warm and sweet.
A lot of times, I use the seasons to mirror the mood of the characters in my books. If everything is bright and sunny in the plot, then so is the weather. When things are not going well for the main characters, it is raining or snowing. I find this adds a little something extra to give the story depth. After all, who could be in a bad mood when the sun is shining and the air is filled with the scent of flowers! You can see this in action in my new novel Before the Applause, available now at Amazon and Barnes&Noble online.
I am not the only writer to use this ploy. Mary Shelley got the idea for her classic Frankenstein story from the unusually bad weather. I’m not sure that I could ever go so far as to write a horror story like that, but I will definitely keep using the weather as a (pardon the pun) barometer for my characters’ moods in the future.
Do you have a favorite season? Inquiring minds want to know!
Every New Year’s Day I make resolutions (doesn’t everyone?) and over the years, I have kept quite a few. Most, however, are recycled into the next year, the following year, and so on. I guess you can say that I am not meticulous about New Year’s resolutions.
What I do make and keep, on the other hand, is my summer to-do list. The list is always short and filled with things I really, really want to accomplish. This year’s list is no exception:
- Biking. I love biking. I feel free and calm, with the world rolling passed my eyes at a eisurely pace. I haven’t gotten to do it for quite some time due to health reasons, but this year I am treating myself to a brand new bicycle and touring the neighborhood.
- Read a good book. I love reading, and there is nothing better than lazing an afternoon away in the garden with a good book and a glass of iced tea.
- Travel. I have not been able to travel like I used to (see #1 for reason), but that’s all behind me now. Long trip or short, I want to go to new places and do things I have always wanted to do with the one I love.
Do you have a summer to-do list?