Thursday, February 6, 2014

Writing 101: Just Slow Down

Or better yet, stop. It's easy to get caught up in the business of being an indie author. You'll get overwhelmed with writing goals, blogging commitments, review requests, reading forums, using social media, editing and all the other stuff that goes into self-publishing. If you don't slow down every once in a while, you're going to stifle all your own creativity. And I should know. I have all kinds of trouble with slowing down.

Is It Really Writer's Block?

I published a book recently, so naturally I'm back at work on a new manuscript. The only trouble is, I've been stuck in the same spot for...well, for longer than I'd like to admit. And the other day, I realized exactly why that is: I haven't stopped doing stuff long enough to figure out the next scene. I've been baking and cleaning and exercising and working and doing, doing, doing every single spare second.

Of course I can't figure out my story. I haven't spent any time just thinking. Sometimes you have to do nothing just to get your mind working. It's into these empty spaces that creativity wanders.

So slow down. Stop doing things, and take a little while just to think. This is where creativity appears...and you can always make time for that.

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  1. Wow, we just put out similar thoughts… another great reason I love this blog.

  2. Thanks! I like yours as well. I loved your bankruptcy post.