Yesterday I had the hardest time trying to get motivated to sit down and write. I only have five thousand words left before I am done and ready to edit Rearview, but apparently those 5k words plan to be a pain in my butt. Of course they don't want to just flow quick and easy. I shouldn't have expected any differently.
I wanted to relax when I got home from work so I put on CSI for "just one episode."
Then one episode turned into two. Then the hubby wanted to go get dinner (and let's face it so did I, because, honestly, I always want to eat out). Next was New Girl, because we're catching up on season two since it went instant on Netflix. Somehow one new girl turned into four, and since it was already after 7pm we decided how about two How I Met Your Mothers.
All of a sudden it was almost 8pm and where had my night gone? All I had done was eat and watch TV, which is highly enjoyable and relaxing, but not at all helpful to my WIP.
I decided to forgive myself and let the ideal of writing a good thousand words go out the window, so I jumped into the shower before bed.
But of course I had wonderful ideas about writing while in the shower, where I couldn't write them down. It seems I have some of my best ideas while in the shower and have no way of recording them. So instead of jumping out to put them to paper I have to repeat them over and over to myself in order to remember them throughout my shower until I can write them down. I guarantee my hubby thinks I'm going insane when he heard a mantra of "write about a cult, write about a cult, write about a cult." I mean that doesn't sound normal!
One other place I have wonderful ideas is while in bed just before I fall asleep. In those instances I grab my phone and type then up, get grumbled at for the bright light, and then can't sleep because my brain is back on.
So back to my story, sorry I get side tracked easily, I had this great story idea while the suds were still in my hair. Once I was out and into bed with my jammies on I grabbed my phone to put my idea into the notes section.
After I did that I could see the scene I was supposed to work on for Rearview. So I started a new note and just wrote. And wrote, and wrote! Somehow I had 6 paragraphs and an outline for the rest of the scene! I was happy that I made the effort when the mood struck, even if it wasn't in my regular setting.
It just went to show me that, though it's okay to be blocked (I always remind myself of this or I'd be way too hard on myself), you have to take what you can get when the ideas come. Write anywhere. Write on anything, post it's and napkins included (I have done both). Write any time the mood strikes, and keep writing till it leaves! The ideas and motivation won't always be there, which is okay, but when they are take advantage!
That's my moral of the story today :) so go on an write today (when/if/where you can) and may the force be with you ;)