I've been thrown off my writing game in the past six weeks. Â I'm off track, rusty and stiff. Â I've been renovating a house, packing up the house we lived in for twelve years, and moving to the new place. Â Writing didn't just take a back seat--it wasn't even in the car with me for a while there.
Now, although I'm still living mostly out of boxes, I'm feeling my writing calling to me again. Â Blogging, newsletters, journals, stories. Â I need to restart. Â It's feeling like a bit much right now, though. Â I'm still trying to sort things out after the move, so I hit overwhelm very easily.
So I did what I usually do when I'm overwhelmed. Â I made a list. Â Here, for anyone else needing to re-enter their writing life, is my list of small steps to help you get going again.
- Write for two minutes. Â Alternately, write two sentences.
- Read through your currentÂ project. Don't make notes, do revisions, anything except read.
- Make a list of the things you want to work on; pick one to start with then work on it for five minutes.
- Write a backstory scene for your MC--a dream scene, daydream scene, the MC having dinner alone or with family or friends, anything that is interesting and lets you know your characterÂ better.
- Get all of your stuff together. All of your notes and files and notebooks. All of your files and documents on your computer. Â Sort and arrange them and get reacquainted.
- Start something new. Â Sometimes a fresh project with no time invested, no weight behind it yet, can help rev your writing engines.
- Try an online writing site. My faves: One Minute Writer, Daily Page, 750words.com, Oneword.
- Meet with a writer friend or friends. Â Talk about books and movies. Talk about your writing and what you want to do with it. Â Be writers together and inspire each other.
Anything to add to the list? Â What do you like to do when your writing needs a reboot? Â I'd love to hear your ideas. Â Let's add to the list!