Christmas for me has always included a host of homemade gifts. I like to do crafty things, so the days and weeks before the holidays, I’m usually busy making homemade gifts.This year was no different. I made two quilts, two fleece no-sew blankets, half dozen reversible table runners and knitted four scarves. I’ve spent the last month and a half pumping out gifts rather than adding words to my manuscript. I’ve heard it said a writer should write every day. Most of the year I do, but I had reached a brick wall mentally. I found I was unable to put more than two coherent sentences together at any given time. Not good when I want my writing to be fresh.
It was time for a break.Each time I wanted to sit down at the computer, I resisted the temptation. I resisted the urge to mentally walk through a scene in preparation for when I would allow myself the privilege of writing again. Why? Because I’d been on overload, trying to push out my next story.
What I did allow myself to do, now that I wasn’t butt-in-chair-fingers-glued-to-the-keyboard, was to look up and see what I’d been missing. I read articles on the internet creating a backlog of ideas to fuel my next stories. I watched people, made mental notes of how they acted or things they told me. I even watched some of my favorite movies, trying to figure out just what makes them so irresistible to me. I jotted all the new ideas down along with those story ideas that had lain dormant in my brain because my focus centered on my next manuscript.
- So I started a list of things I could do that would help my writing in the long run.
- Watch an old movie.
- Call a friend and talk about the crazy things that happened to them growing up.
- Read an issue of a magazine I don’t normally read.
- Go for a long walk.
- People watch at the mall.
- Make lists of things I found funny during the week.
- Jot down the things I heard on the news that I could use in an upcoming story.
- Take a long, hot bath.
Those are just a few.Now it’s your turn to add to my list. When you can’t write another word…what do you like to do?