I’ve been struggling with my writing lately. I write here and I make a very few comments and posts on Facebook, but I’ve not been able to buckle down to the novel I got a huge start on late last year. I’d like to get back to it, but nothing seems to work.
I’ve tried going back to read some of it, to put me in the right frame of mind, you know. Nothing. I just can’t recapture the place where my head was then. (I’m open to suggestion.)
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading, including the posts of others here. I fall woefully behind in this on a regular basis, and much like with the daily newspaper — when I’ve left them for a while, they pile up! I love to read what others are writing, I just seem to be in a bit of a slump for writing or reading, my two favorite things.
Reading blogs this morning, I came across an entry from LizzieCracked on her blog, Running Naked with Scissors. It’s about a new project she and her daughter (I think) are doing separately, but together. (They are both doing it, but not sharing with each other just yet.) It’s a journal/project called Wreck this Journal (written by Keri Smith), described as
For anyone who has had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal comes this illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities. (Powell’s Bookstore)
I read a few reviews of the book/journal/project and thought it sounded intriguing. A good way to banish inhibitions (Ack! How could a reader/writer basically destroy a book??) and free up your creativity. I’m thinking about trying it — it looks like LizzieCracked is having good fun with the first day of it.
It got me thinking about trying to write to prompts every day for a while until I can get my mojo back. I’ve never really liked that in classes I’ve had, but the prompts always seem so, well, dull.
I’ve watched blogger Jenny work her way through the alphabet as part of the A-Z Challenge (that was fun) and see that others are doing word-count challenges. Since NaNoWriMo (and Camp NaNoWriMo) are still months away, I went looking for an interim fix and found these handy journaling/writing prompts from the ESUHSD in San Jose, CA. There are many of them and I’m sure I can find something I want to write about, so I’m going to start with those and hope for some juice to start flowing soon.
In the meantime, keep calm and carry on. What do you do to bust the writing blahs?