Workshop 101: Relocating the Groove
Until the middle of the last week, I was on a great writing kick. I was doing a lot of writing, and enjoying it. The words were flowing easily, the pieces I had not yet figured out were coming into place, and the project that had seemed daunting and had worried me that I’d bitten off more than I could chew suddenly took its shape.
But life comes up on you sometimes, and I found myself with two very busy projects: a cute little fluffy dog to watch, and a freelance copy editing job that took considerable brain power. Did I have chances to write? A few, but they were minimal, and uninspired.
This is always the hardest part for me, relocating my writing groove. And I never seem to do it the same way twice. Sometimes I just have to write a bad chapter. I have many really horrific chapters that I’d write it one day, dwell on, and the next day rewrite. Once I’m over that I can keep going. Quite often, I can’t pick up where I left off. Wherever my brain was going has left me. Instead, I skip a chapter or two, start writing where I know what I want to do, and then I can come back to it later.
But sometimes I really just want to pick up right where I was without hiccuping, you know? Has anyone found a good way of doing that after a writing break?