Thursday, December 8, 2011

Where have you been? I mean...really.

Well, to be completely true. I've been in a few places.

I finished my edits (Yay! Now I can totally eat those cookies that were off limits until I finished. They are so stale.)

And then I was asked to write a Christmas Program for our congregation's Christmas Party (in 3 days). It was a little stressful. (I had to buy more cookies so I could keep up my writing-energy.) But great reviews (which made my week...month). ;)

Now I am finishing my revisions. (Stinkin' Revisions that I wanted done last month. RRRGGHH.)

But to be totally honest. I've been a little down about the writing.

One of my crit groups had scheduling issues and we had to split (I loved them, they were so awesome), my mind has been on shopping ('tis the season for last minute ideas), and my writing shoes have grown too small for comfort (never wash writing shoes in hot water...had I known...).

So I've been a little down and when I'm down, it's hard to write...or blog...or clean...or eat cookies  (ha ha ha, that's never hard.)

But I'm shaking off the blues, rewriting my goals, and trying again. *head shaking in determination*

But be honest with me. What do you do when you are down about writing? Eat cookies (be honest, you know they are delicious...and if you try hard enough, you can wish away the calories *wishfully looking up at sky*), run on treadmill, yell at strangers from your car window?   (was that you?)

So, tell the truth, what do you do?

p.s. I'm so glad to be back. I missed you guys!!!!!


Kristina P. said...

I'm sure that Christmas program was WAAAAY better than ours!

J. A. Bennett said...

I do a few things depending on what kind of 'down' I'm feeling.

1. I talk to my local writing buddies. (sometimes it's just nice to be surrounded by people that just GET you)

2. I write about it. There's an exercise called 750 words where you write personal thoughts (750 words is supposedly 3 pages) doing that for a couple of days normally helps me feel better becasue it's me, not my characters.

3. I watch a couple of chick flicks that make me cry and laugh and remember why I love to tell a story.

Hope that helps! :)

Angie said...

It was so good to see you Saturday! Congrats on the Christmas program. I'll bet it rocked. When I feel down about writing, I drudge up all the nice things people have said about my writing in the past. (Memories, old emails, whatever...) That usually helps. Daydreaming never hurts either. Good luck!

L.T. Elliot said...

So glad edits and the program went so well! You've worked hard and it's good to see how it's rewarding you!

I'm pretty sure you know how I deal with feelings for writing. =P

You'll climb out of the funk soon and shine like you always do!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha. We are TOTALLY thinking alike today. My new post is about this, too. :-)

ali cross said...

Carolyn, thank you so much for coming to my party on Saturday!

I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling down and out about writing. I get like that sometimes too. Chocolate always helps. But otherwise .... um. I'm not sure. Sometimes you just have to wait it out. Sometimes reading something awesome I wrote so I realize I really don't suck (but those can sometimes be hard to find/remember).

I think the best thing for me is to spend some time (real life time) with writer friends. They never fail to inspire and uplift me.

Need to go out for lunch! I'm YOURS!

Janet Johnson said...

I stop writing and read for a bit. That is usually my best solution. Except sometimes it makes me think, "Aaaack! I will never write something this good!" ;)

Shelley Sly said...

Aww, sorry to hear that you're down about writing (but congrats on getting so much done!)

I was going to suggest what Janet said - read. You might either read a fantastic book that inspires you to work hard, or maybe you'll read one that's not so hot, and that might encourage you to keep going because YOU can do better than that book. I don't know. Just a suggestion.

Like others said too, sometimes writing or talking about it helps. I've been down about writing many times, so you're welcome to email me if you want to chat. :)

Jen Daiker said...

It's so hard some days. You really get into a rut that you can't get out of. Thank goodness for the support of writers, though they still can't put pen to paper for you.

I found writing short stories brings out little pieces of me that have been dying to get out.

I'm here if you ever need to chat. :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I eat cookies...

No, just kidding. Sometimes I stop writing and just read. Then I remember why writing was so important to me and I get back on that horse.

Just take a little time off, do something different and then you'll want to get back to it.


Emily Anderson said...

We missed you too!

Okay (rubs hands together). Advice time:

1. Read (submissions from critique partners are great reading. Hint. Hint.)

2. Do "think" writing. While you're out shopping and eating cookies, play with scenes and characters in your head. It's okay to take a few days or weeks off. I'm taking the whole month off and my head is editing all the time.

3. Write funny blog posts about stuffing your face with cookies. Not all writing has to be novels.

4. Just do it. Sit down and write. And it's okay to tell yourself that it's awful. But don't fix it. Keep writing until you get to the end of the scene (or it's so awful you can't regurgitate another word, whichever comes first).

5. Edit. I find that when I get writer's block, editing what I've worked on is my comfort zone. Go back to your manuscript or new scenes you hash out for a new novel and tweak them. Eventually you'll like it. If not, you can dump it and rewrite it, but before long you'll be wrapped up in getting the story out and realize you're working your way through the insecurity.

6. Eat lots of cookies and then complain about your clothes not fitting. Or if you're super motivated go running and do more "think" writing out there on the pavement.

David P. King said...

I don't think it's a good idea for me to tell you. You'd want to have me committed. Let's just say that there is no harm to other or myself when this problem manifests. :)

Susan R. Mills said...

Welcome back! I missed you! As for me, I play solitaire on my computer when I'm down about writing. If I open up my Word doc and sit there and stare at the screen, I close it and open Solitaire. It's procrastination. Let's just say, I've been playing a lot of solitaire this week. :) Congrats on finishing your edits and the good review on your pageant. Glad you're back.

Patti said...

So glad your back.

For me I try not to be too hard on myself, because really there's no hurry to get published. It will always be there in some form or another. At least that's what I keep trying to tell myself.

Kate Coursey said...

I exercise obsessively. I'll run on the treadmill for hours to get my creative juices flowing....and then I offset said exercise by eating tons and tons of skittles.

I'm glad your revisions are going well! Good luck with them....I think it's the best feeling in the world when you finally finish.

Vicki Rocho said...

There've been a lot of times lately I've just not been in the writing groove. Or I'm in the wrong groove. You know, I need a post and all I can think about is great lines for the WIP or vice versa.

When I'm really feeling like a hack, I'll read something I wrote that I DO like. Gives me hope that I can achieve that feeling again.

Maybe you should go sit on Santa's lap and ask for your mojo back? He likes cookies, too.

MTeacress said...

You're really back? Oh, good! Welcome 'home'. I haven't figured out what I do when I'm down about writing. When I do, I'll let you in on it. ;)

Summer Ross said...

When I'm down on my writing, I take a break from it- go out an experience some good quality time with people I love and before I know it I'm writing again.