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Two weeks ago I buckled down and started to add words to my WIP, which has been sitting dormant for a long time. It was all good~ for 3 whole days, writing in spurts. Then I lost concentration and my train of thoughts...
I know what I have to do, but for some reason I keep putting off my dedication of sitting my butt in a chair to write. For me, Social Media is a terrible procrastination. Every time I get stumped, which is a lot, I head over to Facebook and Twitter. I need to stop this lunacy!
Do you have any good suggestions for me?
May 3 Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?
The coolest things I ever had to research was for my story Incense and Peppermints. I liked learning the basic history of the Vietnam War, the years, and the peace demonstrations...etc. Also I researched the draft and the drinking age for the various states. What was fun, was hitting the popular music charts of the sixties, and then You Tubing the songs. That took up much of my time because if I loved the songs I had to listen to them all the way through.
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I know where you're coming from. Maybe it's the moon. I've been suffering from the same lack of passion and dedication. It's like I'm suddenly terrified of the blank page, when it used to fascinate me and challenge me. #sigh The only solution I've recently come up with is that I need an accountability partner and some seriously dedicated CPs. I have wonderful CPs now, but we're all stages of publishing and have gotten so busy. Best of luck with keeping your butt in the chair. Feel free to message me, anytime.ReplyDelete
That sounds like fun research! Such an interesting time period filled with awesome music.ReplyDelete
I wish I had some advice but I think when the time is right you will find your butt back in that chair. :)
You know, the brain does sometimes need a reset, but when I'm tempted to wander, often I'll put out a scene that happens later in the book, one I'm dying to write, and start drafting. Then I'm totally motivated to connect the dots.ReplyDelete
Thank you CrystalDelete
Turn off your computer?ReplyDelete
Big congratulations to the IWSG anthology authors!
I'm sure for most states the legal drinking age was much lower back then.
It went down to 18.Delete
Incense and Peppermints! Such a great title! I love researching. :)ReplyDelete
Social media is the huge downfall of my productivity. Sometimes I have to tell myself I can check Facebook, but only after I edit this page or write so many words. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.ReplyDelete
Music on a time period can be fun to research. :)
These days you can stream sixties music all day through the internet. Hey, it's research, right?ReplyDelete
Love those songsDelete
This morning I turned off my wifi for an hour so I could concentrate on writing. I caught myself still trying to open up a tab for "research" and then had to force myself to go back to my word screen. It's tough to ignore the distractions - I say this after my cat just jumped on the dining room table and shouted at me three times in a row (I took her down three times and that wasn't the attention she wanted).ReplyDelete
Turning of the wifi is a good idea.Delete
By the way - thanks for the shout out!ReplyDelete
Researching songs sounds like great fun, though it would probably gobble up much of my time. For my latest novel, a romance involving seduction in a jazz club, I've been writing to Brazilian jazz. My mind now switches to romance-writer mode as soon as I hear the bossa nova.ReplyDelete
Ooooo...love that jazz.Delete
I've been doing the same, so I'll take any suggestions too.ReplyDelete
I liked the idea of turning off the wifiDelete
That's fun research. :)ReplyDelete
Here's my advice - step AWAY from the Internet! In June I'm going to enforce a minimum of 90-minutes of Internet-free writing every day (for myself), and I know I'm going to whine and squirm a LOT during the first few days, but if past experience holds true, by the end of week 1, I'll be focused and passionate for the writing again. Maybe something like that could work for you, too.
Good idea. When I stay away from the internet and just write, i do so much better.Delete
Turn off the internet! Unplug the modem, bring your laptop to some place without wifi, whatever. Sometimes you need to force yourself to disconnect. If that still doesn't work, maybe you need more time away from your WIP to recharge your batteries.ReplyDelete
Love those ideas! Thank you.Delete
I log out of everything and try not to log back in until a set time has passed.ReplyDelete
Love the Neil Gaiman quote!
Sounds like a plan.Delete
My "problem" is traveling. I find it hard to stick to any writing routine while traveling, and this week has been maddening because of trouble with my computer and getting access to go on-line. I was a teenager during the Sixties. It was quite a decade. I'm always grateful that I got to be part of it. Good luck writing this month!ReplyDelete
The easy access to distractions via the computer is why I usually hand write my first drafts.ReplyDelete
Now that sounds like fun research! And I love your groovy background. :) I get distracted by social media too. I try to limit my time on it, but I feel guilty if I miss anything.ReplyDelete
Me too. I have to scroll through it to make sure I didn't miss any big news... :(Delete
That does sound like a pleasant way to do research.ReplyDelete
Okay, here's my suggestion. You don't have to be in your chair to be writing. Take a walk. Let your mind roam over scenes you'd like to write and/or your character's background. Take notes as you stroll or write everything down when you get back. If the weather sucks, do some light house-cleaning while you explore your story in your mind. Some of my best scenes came about away from my chair while I was doing other things.
I have an old-fashioned (fairly large) glass sand timer. It measures exactly thirty minutes. I turn off my browser and write/revise until the sand runs out. Then I set a kitchen timer for five minutes (I need the bell) and when it goes off (scaring me half to death), the browser is closed again and the hourglass turned over.ReplyDelete
It's not perfect, but it helps. Writing in company also helps.
I have found that if I section my work in 30 min blocks and do the fb thing inbetween, then go back to another 30 mins stint.ReplyDelete
One of the reasons I try to avoid working on projects needing research is for the amount of time it requires. And, I get sucked in easily as well, being on a whole new track of needing to find out more and more (kind of like you and the songs). Research seems like fun, if we all would have plenty of extra hours in the day!ReplyDelete
As for social media distraction, I wouldn't mind if the whole thing would disappear one day. Well, sometimes, I think that. I try to ignore it during workday hours and see it as a hobby when I have time for such things, early morning or in the evening. Easier said than done, of course... Having a bad internet connection or expensive data plan helps as well. :-) Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary
Neil Gaiman's advice is spot on. Write every day, just a little bit. Don't worry about how many words or whether they even make sense. It's the habit you need to develop. You know the saying, fake it 'til you make it. Try it. You might find the fun of writing.ReplyDelete
Hitting the popular music charts of the sixties, and then You Tubing the songs sounds like a fabulous way to spend time.ReplyDelete
It's research AND therapy...a win-win!!