Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Writing Mojo No Mo
This month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question was supplied by Laura Diamond, who asked:
"What do you do when you lose your writing mojo?"
Man, I know what this feels like. I posted on the NoMoJo Society before, but Laura is so smart. She probably remembered that all I did was complain in that post, instead of figuring out how to get out of that metaphysical writing funk.
So what do I really do?
I tell myself to stop thinking about the plot glitch, the scary revisions, the rejections, or the feeling of being in writing purgatory (you know--lots of writing happening, no publishing to go with it).
Do I relax? Kind of. (Truth: no, I still stress out).
Do I stop thinking about my WIP? Yes! (Okay, that's a blatant lie. I mean, I try. There are times when I must think of other things [family, work]. But other times? Nah.)
Do I get all Oprah-y and live in the moment and count my blessings for perspective? Of course. (And then I go back to thinking of my WIP immediately after. It might be hours later, days later, or one minute later, because let's face it. Cleaning out a poopy potty is not a live-in-the-moment thing I need to dwell on. My poop-to-writing perspective is just fine, thanks.)
In the end, the relentless thinking about how to make my writing better usually gets me some inner peace, some new found energy, and a kick in the rear to be a better writer. And voila, the mojo comes back.
What do you do to get your writing mojo back?
If you missed it, check out Laura's excellent post from last week and stay tuned for Sarah Fine's and Deb Salisbury's posts in the coming weeks!
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