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Poll #1847150 Techniques to Try

I am feeling stuck on my novel draft, and burned out. I should try the following:

Keep writing shit! Make your forehead bleed on your regular schedule!
5(12.2%)
Try writing in tiny increments only.
3(7.3%)
Take a week off and draft like you're in prison.
3(7.3%)
Join Pinterest and make boards to help you think.
0(0.0%)
Stop writing and read through your pile of research material.
7(17.1%)
Bang your head repeatedly against the wall. This also will cause your forehead to bleed.
1(2.4%)
Take some time off without writing or reading research material.
6(14.6%)
Make a lot of notes in your notebook to help you think.
2(4.9%)
Ticky!
7(17.1%)
Something else which I will suggest in comments.
7(17.1%)

Comments

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nifwitch
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hang out with me and my partner and our toddler! I'm sure that we are inspiring.
oracne
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have been wondering if Sparkles might like the zoo or Please Touch.
nifwitch
Jun. 15th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yes! We've done the zoo (we have a membership). Have not done Please Touch yet. I have never been there!
livia_llewellyn
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Play some games - video, cards, whatever. Get your conscious mind on the game, and your subconscious will start working things out in the background. Eventually you'll get that little lightbulb moment where things click into place and you can pick up the draft again.
oracne
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I wonder if doing crafts of some kind would serve the same purpose.
livia_llewellyn
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! I do cross-stitch, or quilting, or I sew up clothes. My mind starts to wander, and suddenly I realize I'm putting together all the pieces in my WIP. I also doodle - and I have some Dover coloring books, of Tiffany windows and mandelas. Because I'm sometimes five. :P
nifwitch
Jun. 15th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like this.
barbarienne
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
You're a professional, published writer. You know what works for you (at least most of the time).

There's nothing wrong with taking time off. Every person on every job needs a break sometimes.
oracne
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
The trick is deciding: process, or laziness? It might actually be process, but am a bit scared to stop.
lnhammer
Jun. 16th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
This.

---L.
drinkingcocoa
Jun. 15th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Also, spend time thinking about how you are a published, professional author and many people are not. Ha ha.

(Oh, was that too mean? Hey, I'm one of those who are not....)
oracne
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
You're a published journalist.
pantryslut
Jun. 15th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
I also recommend lots of tea and long walks.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 16th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm always torn to choose "ticky" in one of your polls! :D

Something else:
Have an artist's date. I've noticed that the day job is stressing you. This is probably not making writing any easier. It's time to find something different to do. Just for a few hours, something that will renew your creative soul. See what you can do that you haven't done since you were a kid or something you've never done in Philly. Lots of choices in Philly!

Then go back and write until your fingers bleed.
julieandrews
Jun. 18th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Write something else. Short story, fanfic, filk, whatever works.
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