Change it Up

I’m in the middle of NaNo, hovering around the 25,000 word mark, I have a great many events planned for my characters, scenes I can’t wait to write.  For once, I really don’t feel my middle is sagging.  Things are happening!  I just can’t find the words to write them.

Writer’s block, big time.

I’ve been at this for hours and still haven’t hit 1600, which is disappointing because I was hoping to get further.

In a last ditch effort to find some mojo, I decided I’d make a music playlist for my story.  Many times, this helps, but it usually features much of the same music.  A lot of James Morrison and Michael Buble with dashes of John Mayer and Norah Jones.  So, in an effort to ‘mix things up’, I just opened ITunes and hit shuffle.

It played a lot of songs I hadn’t listened to in a long time, and though they might not relate to my story, it did something to my brain.  Some words began to trickle out.  A decent sentence here, a not so terrible paragraph there.  Things weren’t flowing, but I was getting somewhere.

It’s something that I think is an easy writer’s block fighter that I often forget.  Change it up a little.  Maybe write somewhere different, or listen to different music, or sub long hand for typing… whatever, just make a little change.  You never know what it might dislodge in your brain.

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