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?
3 Responses
  1. Jeff King Says:

    I only write when I feel inspired to do so... if it is really in you, it will come back--and stronger than before.

    Hopefully after a layoff you fill the need grow in you and the passion connects to your desire once more.

    Sometimes to get past a layoff quicker; I read my work that I am working on--or I read a book I have read countless times, them my mind wonders and a spark goes off and I am back writing before I know it...

    Either way I am sure you will get back on that horse.

  2. What you say is pretty much what I do. I write and eventually writing comes to me, my characters believe I'm actually going to listen and start talking again.


  3. Jamie D. Says:

    That's pretty much what I do - sit down and start typing. Only way I know to get back down to business. :-)

    Many words to you...

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