Total word count for last 2 days: too embarrassed to post.
It's been pouring rain here in the Northeast for the last 2 days and I've spent more time in the basement vacuuming up water (no sump pump) than writing.
I did sit down with my laptop 2 nights ago, but I couldn't seem to get motivated. I've got some serious plot issues that have me stymied. I've also been rethinking my protagonist, wondering if I should change her background/personality. These are major hurdles, at least for this writer.
I tried free writing. I don't know how that works for others, but it doesn't seem to do the trick for me. I can write. Give me a topic and I'll give you 1,000 words whether I know anything about the topic or not -- that's one of the things that got me through college. My problem is relating the free writing back to my own manuscript. Just doesn't seem to happen..
Monday night I decided to free write about a super power - a theme suggested at a workshop I recently attended. The idea is to pick a way-out-there super power -- not something boring like x-ray vision -- and right a story or something about using it. My super power? The ability to pop popcorn with my mind. And no, I had not been drinking.
Anyway, I free wrote (typed) for 5 minutes and ended up with a quirky little tale. Amusing, but in no way helpful with my mystery. And when I opened my manuscript back up, I was just as blocked as before. What does popcorn have to do with my mystery? Nothing. But it sure tastes good slathered in butter...
Yes, I'd cleared my mind, but I still couldn't focus on the basic plot issue what is blocking me.
I'm not knocking free writing. Anything that clears the little grey cells should work, including exercising, learning a new skill (mountain climbing? lock picking?), or even doing a crossword puzzle. The theory is sound, it just doesn't work for me. Some bacteria are drug-resistant; I'm free-writing resistant.
So, any suggestions on how to get back on track? What do you do when you're blocked?