By Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Once you get into a rhythm of writing, you don't want to stop, but life forces you to. Dinner has to be made, the kids need attention, the laundry must be done, you have to go to your real paying job, etc. When those interruptions take place, how do you stop what you're doing, and come back to it hours or days later without forcing it and losing the momentum you had?
As someone who has been known to write in doctor's offices, at lunch in restaurants, in the car traveling, in airports, I squeeze in writing wherever and whenever I can. My full-time job forces me to do this. I would love to be able to get up in the morning get my coffee, see my daughter off to school and my husband off to work, and then head off to the computer room to write. But my life isn't like that and I've finally come to accept it.
Here are a few writing tips that help me keep my rhythm when I've been interrupted.
1) Try to stop writing in the middle of a scene or conversation where things are intense. It will be easier to pick back up where you left off than to start fresh from a slow area in a scene.
2) Reread the last scene you've written and review any character notes to refresh your memory of what each character would do next.
3) If you write historical, play some music in the background from that particular time period. If you're in public, wear earphones or an ipod.
4) Meditate and imagine your characters' surroundings, their expressions, their reactions to what is happening to them.
What are some ways that help you get back into your writing rhythm after an interruption? Please share.
Monday, October 12, 2009
5:39 AM Jennifer Hudson Taylor 10 comments