I have the writing blahs. What are the writing blahs? They aren’t easily defined. Mostly it’s feeling blah about writing or editing. Look at that. I was wrong. It was pretty simply to define.
So, I seem to have these. I’m in the process of proofreading Knight’s Academy one (hopefully) final time. I’m working on a query letter (some), and I’m writing book two in the Knight’s Academy trilogy and a romantic suspense. I’m either burnt out or just experiencing the “blahs.” Which in all honesty, it’s probably both.
My sister told me the other day that I needed to take a break. My response: “I’m too busy to take a day off.” How sad is that? Am I really too busy to take a day off? Will my world suddenly end if I don’t tweet or Facebook or blog for a day? No. It wouldn’t, but why can’t I force myself to take a day off? I’m only causing myself the writing blahs by working over and over and over and over again.
But being a writer really means that we never get a break. Our minds are constantly working. We need to fix this, write that, tweet this, update Facebook with something totally witty, write out a saying that will go viral, etc etc etc. I even dream work! Then, when I think I’ve finally wrapped up a project, I notice a few things that I need to fix – and then it ends up in more edits! It’s like it never ends. Does it? Geez, I hope so.
This morning I took some time – after my usual “work time” – and helped my nephew learn to walk. (He’s 101/2 months old and walking a few steps at a time – and growing fast!). Last night, I played Spiderman City with my other nephew and one of my nieces. I took some time off to clear my mind. I’m still not in a “working mood” yet, but taking a break is sort of helping the blahs. Right now, I should be proofing or searching for agents, but here I am, writing a blog post, pretending my novel doesn’t really need me to make it work.
What do you do when you have the writing blahs? Any specific thing I might want to try? Trust me, I need the help this week!