So I wondered why my words have been missing in action over the last week or so, and then I remembered how stressed I have been with a sick kitty, getting the school year back on track and making sure the homework is under control among other bits and pieces and I realised the answer had been there all along.
Yesterday, I managed two paragraphs and the day before an outstanding FOUR words.
I know, right?
The words have been there, playing around on the edges of my mind, sort of like when you're starting to drift to sleep but you're neither awake nor asleep, or when your foot is covering the drain on the shower floor and the water begins to build up around your ankle, you know you could easily move your foot but it remains stubborn.
And it is beyond frustrating.
Happily enough, the wall seems to be coming down and even though my MC is bullying me slightly, I am holding my ground.
I have noticed a few things I need to do in order for the word flow to happen and continue.
1. Comfortable room temperature—can't be too warm or too cool. Hoodies are used a lot in summer because the rest of the occupants in the house like air-conditioning and it makes me feel like my nose will drop off and I rapidly worry I am developing hypothermia. Yes, really.
2. I need to be fed—under no circumstances can I be hungry, even a little bit peckish. I can't concentrate when I'm hungry and I am likely to kill all my characters off in a 'hangry' rage.
3. Music—now, this one changes from day to day. Sometimes I need music and often the same song on repeat. For hours. Over and over. Other times, complete silence. I am considering in investing in some industrial ear plugs so I can drown out all external noises on those days. I live near a freeway upgrade and the walls and windows shake and vibrate when they get that earth mover going and they have other machinery that incessantly squeaks . . . you get the picture.
4. A rough idea of where I want to go during each writing session—I don't really map out my stories, I like to surprise myself as I go along usually but I do need a rough idea on what I want to achieve by each session.
5. Making notes—I've noticed I am more productive when I have written down notes on my phone in between sessions which helps me with the above, gives me a bit of direction.
6. Turn my phone off—Phone calls and social media suck me back into life and out of my head. But Twitter is a handy place to share snippets of your work so it's about balance I guess.
To summarise the above, locking myself in my office with a never-ending pack of Tim-Tams should do the trick.
It also can't hurt to remember that practice helps everything.
What are some of the things you do to unclog your writing?