Lyla Campbell

At the moment, blank pages are all I've got.

All the blankness got me thinking today that, perhaps, writing a novel right now (or even attempting to finish one of my many dangling WIPs) is a bit ambitious. I really miss writing...and blogging too! But the thought of a novel is too big for me to wrap my stretched-too-thin mind around at the moment. So I've decided to dial it back a bit and go for a short story. I'll even do one better than that, I'm going to simply flesh out one that I've already started. Just like that old saying goes...How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Copping out? Maybe.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And right now I'm having to overcome a HUGE amount of "static fiction"
Copping out again: This blog entry is actually an excerpt from my journal. Yes, that means you just took a peek in my diary ;-)

So what do you do if you're writing mojo is flowing slower than molasses in January?
Lyla Campbell

I haven't been writing. I wish I had a good excuse for why I haven't. It would make my hiatus sound less lame. But not writing is nothing more than...LAME.

So, tomorrow after work I'm going to sit my little procrastinating keister in a chair along with my journal and write something (I'm not going to use my computer. After work tomorrow I will have been parked in front of a computer for 40 hours and can't stand to look at an LCD display for another moment). What am I going to write? Honestly, I have no idea. But, I'm going to write something.

I'm guessing I wouldn't be far from right if I made the assumption that many of you writers have been through something like this with your writing. Even the non-writers out there have "fallen out of love" with a hobby and taken a vacation from something you adore. Sometimes it's necessary, else you risk permanent burnout.

Now that I'm back from my sabbatical from writing, I've got to get the ball rolling again...

Here's the plan:

1. Set a timer for 15 min.

2. Write about something random till the timer goes off.

3. Now that I've broken the writing seal, I'll filter through my WIPs

4. Choose a WIP that speaks to me.

5. Start cranking out the word count.

So how do you get yourself out of an no-writing rut?