Unfortunately, I didn’t get much writing done last month, but with 2018 a shrinking smudge in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for me to get back on track. Since I am by nature a planner, I’ve come up with a get-back-to-work strategy.
- I will banish defeatist and negative thoughts and muzzle my internal editor. Now is not the time for nit-picking.
2. I will make a list of things I love about my project.
3. I’m going to re-read a couple of my favorite scenes to get back into the character’s heads.
4. Next, I’ll review my outline/story map and pick a jumping in point. I want to start with an exciting scene, one that has high conflict and strong emotion rather than one that’s heavy on introspection or more transitional. (Those scenes are more challenging for me, and I don’t want to stumble right out of the gate.)
5. Then I’ll clean my writing space while daydreaming my way through the scene I want to start with. Doing something mundane and physical while living a scene or sequence in my head is the best way I’ve found to fire myself up.
6. Lastly and most importantly, I’ll put my phone in the other room, get a mug of tea and put my butt in the chair and write.
If you have any suggestions for getting back into the writing groove, feel free to share!