Honestly, there are days where I try to write and end up editing. And that’s okay! It means I’m still working towards a goal: finishing a story. The latest in the Ms. Fix-It Series is giving me some issues. I had wanted it written and completed to go out by now, but unfortunately, Ria seems to have a stubborn streak about her and is so embarrassed about her story that she’s having trouble sharing it.
These things happen, and I’m going to continue working with her to get the story told the way it needs to be told. I won’t be skipping onto the next story or another series or anything like that. I’ll go for a walk and listen to podcasts or an audiobook to help spur this story in the rear.
Do something else
Yes, if you’re having this issue, do something else. Get an adult coloring book with curse words to help work out that frustration you’re feeling. Paint a room or a canvas. Watch four different movies in a row. (Recently, I watched Gods of Egypt, Spy, The Giver, Brave, and I can’t remember the other movie I watched for some reason – maybe overwhelmed with great movies?) and I recommend all of them for entertainment purposes.
Try writing in a new location
Recently I earned some extra cash for being healthy (Go me!) and literally spent it on an Asus Chromebook fifteen minutes after opening the envelope. I’ve never spent money so fast in my entire life. Normally, I wouldn’t have done that sort of crazy thing, but I’d been looking at smaller laptops with good battery power for quite a while. I do like the little Chromebook. It’s awesome for taking to the park or Panera or somewhere else to write. (I don’t recommend writing at Applebee’s as they stuck me at a tiny table (because it was just me) in a high traffic area.)
Getting out and about is absolutely the best. However, before you go out and buy a Chromebook, know right now that if you don’t use Google Docs exclusively, you’re going to want to either shift your documents over there or you’ll always want some form of internet connection. I love Word Online and I use it all the time (I’m using it right now to write this post and when I boot up my Toshiba later, it’ll sync to the folder on that laptop.) for all of my writing purposes.
When I go to the park I tend to either a) copy and paste the story from OneDrive to GoogleDrive in order to continue what I’m working on or b) I work on something completely different. If I’m having issues with a story, sometimes I’ll start over from the beginning (if it’s short like the Fix-It Fast Series Stories are).
Another thing you can do is go outside and tend to your yard. Pull weeds, trim the bushes, plant new green things to grow. Talk to the characters in your head while you do this. Find out why they won’t tell you their story.
Change the furniture in a room around. Clean out a closet. Volunteer to help build houses for the less fortunate. Work in a community garden. Get out of the house and do something. Go to the gym and try out a new machine.
The only person that can keep you from writing is you. Don’t let yourself get in the way. Don’t let that inner voice tell you that you can’t, that you aren’t good enough. Use that voice to your advantage. Put that feeling into your character and see what they do to fight that feeling. Even if the words you’re putting out there isn’t the story you’re trying to write, it may help you clear the clutter in your mind and heart to get to that story.
Read and/or Listen
Try listening to an audiobook even if you can’t stand audiobooks. I have been enjoying the Big Book of Submission narrated by Rose Caraway. I can’t get enough of her voice reading naughty stories full of sex, love, and bondage. Try listening to your favorite book in audio form.