I attended a cupcake decorating class at the weekend. Bear with me – this is writing-related!
At the time I wished I hadn’t agreed with a friend to go. Wouldn’t I have been better spending the time writing? As it turned out the answer to that was no.
When I wrote later that day, I found my writing more energised, more inspired and more creative. I had been struggling with my WIP over the last week, finding myself repeating words and having mental blocks with the plotting. Suddenly I was away like a shot, the words flowing out onto the paper. Somehow, doing something completely different had refreshed my ‘writing muscle’ in a positive way.
I have a writing friend who likes to make bread in the mornings before writing (she’s lucky enough not to have to work). She finds the act of kneading the bread releases ideas for her writing day ahead. Other people use different rituals – maybe making coffee or walking the dogs to get them started. Then the blank page doesn’t look quite so daunting when you already have a notion in your mind of how to begin.
If you find that your writing is grinding to a halt, you may find it beneficial to put it in a drawer for the day and do something completely different. Or add a non-writing element to the start of your day.
I could start making cupcakes on all my days off – but that’s a dangerous road to go down...