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?