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If you read my post last week, you may think this is another
attack on the weather. It isn’t. I’m over my weary-dreary whiny spell. For now.
Hitting a Wall
We all have those areas out of our control that seem to hold
us hostage from time to time. For me it’s gloomy weather. I know I am not
alone. I have a friend whose productivity is hindered by the month of February.
Turn the calendar to March and he’s back to his old self.
I also know it is not the weather alone that creates barriers
in our writing. One author I know told me she has to “dress for work” every
morning or she’ll never make it to her home office to write.
Circumstances that thwart writing productivity differ for
each of us.
How do you identify your personal barriers? For me,
analyzing my personal diary revealed to me I
shouldn’t make big decisions late at night. I also learned I run on solar
energy. Dreary, rainy days hamper my productivity.
So how do authors break through these walls? Leap stacks
of manuscripts in a single bound?
There are articles all over the internet telling you how to
stay focused, motivated, and interested in your writing. I don’t think there is
one right answer. You have to experiment. See what works for you. Here are my
five tips to add to the mix.
writing. At the beginning of each project, I map a plan for completion.
Each week, I write my week’s plan for writing. When I come up against a
barrier, I stick to my writing plan. I may not keep everything I write, but pressing
on gets me back on track.
someone about your story. I know, I know. “Some people write, others talk
about it.” That’s not what I’m talking about here. When I hit a wall with my
story or something outside of my control causes me to lose focus, I have found
talking with someone about my story renews my interest in it. I am blessed to
have a few people close to me who are good listeners and true encouragers.
break from the computer. The computer is a wonderful tool.Sometimes, however, I think it drains
me. Especially if I allow myself to get involved in social media accounts or
games. I enjoy both, but I need to make sure I’m not using them to escape my
writing objectives. Sometimes I need time away form the glaring screen as well.
Taking a break from the computer gives me time to mull over my next scene or
rethink dialogue. In this case, getting away from my writing screen serves to
help me get back to my writing.
physical. I don’t care if it is something fun like golfing with my husband
or something as mundane as running the vacuum cleaner, doing something physical
helps me regain energy and focus for my writing. (Maybe my brain needs a burst
of fresh oxygen!)
An old adage in education states, “Good readers make good writers and good
writers make good readers.” There is truth in this. When I’m not in the middle
of a writing project, I read around three novels a week. When I am in writing
mode, it can be hard to find time to enjoy the works of other authors. Yet, I
learn so much from them. Walking through the pages of a good book can be better
than a weeklong writing course. And I don’t just read novels. There are a
number of great books to push a writer along in structuring a solid plot or
strengthening characters. Reading books about writing can infuse life into my
What barriers do you
encounter? What strategies do you use to
push through them? Please leave your comments below the picture. I would love to hear from you.