Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Miscellany-Writer Slump

Sometimes words don't work the way I want them to. I line them up in the order that my native speaker intuition and Mr. Strunk says is correct, but those nouns and verbs lie there--flat, dull, pedestrian. Once in a while a cliche creeps in. That's when I know it's time to refresh my brain. Luckily my body goes along with plan.

Here's what they manage to do together when they're on a writing break.

They take a walk along of coast in the morning


They're awed by feather-petals.   

They admire Bliss, dancing in San Francisco.
And with that, the body carries the mind back to the desk and the writing continues--words juicier and plumb, plot more sparkly and characters that don't just walk through the story. How do you recharge? What helps you out of a writing slump?

13 comments:

  1. I usually read. Reading great authors always helps inspire me and recharge my own creativity so I write better.

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  2. I still make myself use the "butt in chair" method. But honestly when I find that idea that I get truly excited about, that just does it. You know?

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  3. What gorgeous photos! I'd love to take a walk on that coast. Funny, I just posted on the wisdom and necessity to at least take short breaks from writing. Check it out if you like. As for me, I just went to some fabulous beaches.

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  4. The break in the day is so refreshing ... when I am at the computer too long I lose focus. The joy is missing in my work. Thanks for your post, Lee. Always good to stop by and say hello to my California "writer friend." --Daisy

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  5. Reading also gets me out of my writing slump. So does clay. LOVE that stuff! And music. Music helps a lot.

    Loved the photos! Oh my gosh, they're gorgeous.

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  6. What pretty feathery petals, and a gorgeous coastline. A great way to refresh yourself.

    I find yoga rebalancing. Sometimes I take a day or two off.

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  7. A great reminder that sometimes sitting in the chair isn't going to cut it. Sometimes getting out and taking in nature or going for a walk is the best way to recharge. It seems I have to relearn this over and over.

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  8. Beautiful photos, Lee!
    I take a break. Sometimes it's a day, sometimes it's weeks. My books probably take longer than others, but I like to do it my way on my time! :)

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  9. Wow! I love that photo of the coast. Makes me wish I was there. Gorgeous!

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  10. Yup, nothing like a romp through nature to get the old brain moving! Brilliant photos!

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  11. Whatever works is my motto and it seems like each of you has something that does. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I like to go for a walk to clear my thoughts. Sometimes I play the piano to lose myself in music. Other times I talk to the cats. They're great listeners, even though they seldom open their eyes.

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