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Momentum

I’m not sure what happened in the past week, but everything I had simmering came to a roiling boil in the last few days. Deals closed (can’t wait to share the news!), lots of new covers seen, manuscripts arriving in my inbox, and then my power went out. I was speaking with a client, when BAM!, something popped, and the unmistakable zzzrp-zzzrp of electricity crackled in the air. I’m glad my home phone cut out, as I may have shouted an expletive. Until that point, I’d been running nonstop, totally on autopilot. The sudden lack of power and ability to communicate totally threw me off my rhythm, and I’ll admit it’s been tough to get my groove back today. Slowly, I’m getting the mojo back, and I’m running down the to-do list and knocking things off, but it’s feeling a bit labored.

I know my authors have similar ups and downs. There are those moments when the words just come, when fingers can’t keep up with ideas. Then there are the moments when the phone rings, the email dings, the kids whine, the spouse calls. And suddenly the muse is gone and the magical moment has passed. What then, writers? For me, it’s easy enough to get back to things by doing. Instead of worrying about the piles, I focus on one thing and get it done. That seems to get me back in the swing without feeling overwhelmed. But when you’re doing something creative, how do you recapture the magic? I’m curious how our readers handle it. Any advice?

4 Responses to Momentum

  1. Dale Basye says:

    What usually helps me to rediscover my mojo is to mess with my agent’s circuit breaker and cut his power.

  2. Silver James says:

    My Muse runs with scissors. Getting discombobulated in the middle of creative magic is almost a given. That said, I react like any mother. I take away the scissors, order her to her room (or lock her in the nearest closet), and resume normal operational levels. And if you believe that, I have some beach-front property in Nevada to sell you. My problem is more getting Iffy (said Muse) to appear on demand than trying to get back on track after being interrupted.

    My advice is the same writers everywhere get: BICHOK [Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard] which basically translates to just sit down, start at the top of your to-do list and work your way down. Sorry I don’t have a magic wand to wave.

  3. Sarah Henson says:

    I force myself to write something, anything, even if it sucks, just to get words on the page. This helps because when I go back and re-read it later, I realize it stinks and I can do better, which gives me the inspiration to write. If I’m totally thrown out of the magic moment, I’ll critique other writers’ stuff, or write flash fiction, just something to keep writing. If all else fails, I stroll around outside and let myself feel creative.

  4. Joelle says:

    Usually, I can’t get back to it if something big like that happens. Like, last week, I was writing away and then I took a break and checked my email and there was super exciting news and it was all over for the day as far as writing goes. When that happens, I usually just give in and do a bunch of the crap-stuff on my to-do list that I’ve been avoiding, like cleaning the house, laundry, bills, email. Then I feel like I got something done so the day isn’t a total loss. And the next day, I start all over, and I’m usually fine.

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