Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Turn at The Wall

So, yeah. It's my turn to hit the wall. I'm going to forgo all the whining and excuses. It doesn't matter how I got here with my writing. All that matters is what I decide to do now.

My initial response was to close off and get really introspective. Do a lot of thinking that clouds the issue and gets me nowhere. My commonsense knows what to do, but my motivation just isn't there.

I don't know how some authors can work on the same novel for eight years. I'm so sick of the two I've been working on for about a year that I get nauseous every time I open the damn document. The shiny new ideas are calling to me, but not even the allure of something else can tempt me back to fiction.

My creativity is a dead bloated fish belly up in the water.

Hmmmmm. Even that description is trite and tired. Just not into it. Need some inspiration or motivation or circulation or ventilation or calculation or ammunition. I'm leaning towards the ammuition. That way I could pull an Elvis. Instead of shooting my TV, I'll shoot my computer and put the wips out of their misery.

Hoping something good is going on for my writer's meeting Saturday. Nothing's really scheduled, though. If it's writing again, I don't think I'll stay. We'll see. Maybe by then my motivation will catch up with my commonsense.

Here is what my commonsense is telling me to do to the wall - as interpreted by Grover.

C'mon, motivation. Get in line and get going.


Kameron D Kiggins said...

Raymond Chandler said, "When the plot flags, bring in a man with a gun." Or so I hear, I wasn't in Los Angeles the moment he said it, or nothin'.

Two things that (sometimes) work for me when I'm stuck:

1. Imagine the scenes as stage plays or radio scripts.

2. Imagine a scene from a different POV character.

Good luck.

Susan Kelley said...

I care for you so much, I watched that entire video. It didn't really help my vocab that much. I hope you got outside and on your bike today. If I had tomorrow off, I'd meet you for coffee and try a little pep talk, though I've only ever done those for sports team. I think there's a guest speaker on Saturday, one I wanted to see, but I'm not going to be there.
I know what it's like to be sick of a book. I did so much work on 'To Tame a Tiger' I can't even begin to tell you. Keep at the puter, don't shoot it.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

It sounds like your creative well is dry and you need something to fill it. Not being sick would help, I'm sure. Other than that, filling entails doing things that give you pleasure (like the bike!) that AREN'T writing.

You've got to take care of you before you can take care of the "muse," and from where I sit, you're not doing it. (Not that that's your fault!)

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Kameron. Good advice. I'm definitely going to need a good turn of luck right now too!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Sue! I appreciate your kind words. I'll hopefully get on the motorcycle soon. Not in the cards right now. I could use a good ride. Sorry you won't be there tomorrow. I'll miss waving to you from across the room. lol.

Ava Quinn said...

Sounds about right, Natalie. I could use a good muse filling. Can you recommend a good filling station?

Thanks for them kind woids!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Filling stations are pretty personal. The retreat is a good one, and isn't too far away! Anything that makes you happy and at peace, even for a few minutes...a walk in the fresh air, a few hours in a bookstore, lunch with friends, a bath in a quiet house, gardening, tearing down or cleaning out'd need a little cooperation, but it's worth it!

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