I’m checking in for ROW80, mostly because I missed Sunday’s check-in. I got busy, and then I got exhausted and just couldn’t get my thoughts together to write a post.
I’m meandering down my writing path. I only have a few hundred words written for JuNoWriMo. I’m kind of stressed out right now, and I am unfocused. And my writing muscles haven’t been exercised enough lately, so they’re out of shape and don’t want to get moving. I find myself drifting along, doing a little of this, a bit of that, looking at the thing over there, and I am not getting much of anything done anywhere.
The weird thing is that for the first time in the seven or eight years that I’ve been poking at the story off-and-on, I can see its shape. I can feel the whole structure of the story. It’s been through two NaNoWriMos–the first one left me with a dreary partial draft and a whiny, dull protagonist. The second one is the one I’m continuing with right now. Both times I had sort of an idea of the ending but no idea why it happened or how I would get there. This time, I know that stuff, but I still can’t seem to settle down to write.
So now it’s time to ease myself into actually writing this story. I know there are lots of things piling up that are helping me stumble, helping me avoid my writing. You probably have lots of stumbling blocks, too. Often we try to figure out why we aren’t writing or creating or doing whatever it is we want to be doing. Guess what? It doesn’t matter!
We don’t need to know why we’re blocked. Maybe at some point it will be useful information, so maybe later we can have a look at it, but to get ourselves unblocked the “why” doesn’t matter. The doing matters.
Let’s all do this together–pick one tiny little thing, five minutes’ worth of something at most, and do that. Don’t plan ahead to what you’ll do after that. After comes after. For now, pick a thing that’s easy and quick and do it.
My something? Pulling out my notebook, notecards, and pens, getting my music turned on, drink refilled, writing area set up. That’s it. Then I’m going to do whatever I feel like for a while, but this time I’m going to do it with all of my writing stuff out in plain view, right in front of me.
So what about you? What are you wanting to do right now that isn’t happening? And what little step can you take to get you on the path?