This has been an interesting week for writing. Saturday was awesome, I got just over 3,000 words down, and then Tuesday I hit a wall. All of the difficulties I had been having starting last week caught up with me I guess. Instead of writing I took to reading, and after a good six hours of reading, yesterday when I sat down, I got into a really good flow. One that I hope will continue this week, as I am about to get into the really exciting stuff! And even though I thought my Camp NaNo word count would finish my story, I think I will have so more writing to do when it’s over, thats ok though!
A couple of my other cabin mates from Camp NaNo seemed to have the same issue this week too. It certainly made me feel better that I was not the only one having these creativity issues, but also pointed out how beneficial reading is to the writing process. I know that everywhere you see some rendition of the “if you want to write you need to read, read ,read” but it really is true! With several hours of not having to worry about my characters and what they were going to do/say next, I was able to get lost in someone else’s story and characters, and while giving my brain a rest it also gave me a bunch of inspiration for my own story.
I also have a really good new playlist that has been helping those creative juices flow. This week my favorites have been LP’s “Tokyo Sunrise,” Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap,” Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” Handsome Furs “What About Us?” and Katy Tiz’s “Big Bang.” I always think it’s amazing how much music can affect my mood – especially when I compare myself to my husband who must have some sort of music complex, he can’t find a beat to save his life and has no emotional response to music at all it seems.
So, do you have a go to book or playlist when your writing muse decides to take a short sabbatical?