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I Got the Word Count Blues…

*plays sad song on trumpet*

I don’t know about everyone else, but it seems like the last week has been an uphill struggle to stay on track.

I have spent an inordinate amount of time reading other blogs, looking at inspirational cat posters, and reading helpful tips from other writers this week in an effort to get myself back into the 1-2k a day range.  Is there something in the air?

Healthwise, I’m doing good, except for a low grade fever that won’t bugger off.  Leg wise, also ok and looking forward to the surgery next week.  Mentally, I am shot.  This has all been such an emotional roller coaster that I really, really want to get off of and just write.

My favorite blog post find of the week was this gem:

I’m a sucker for dressed up cats.

Send me comments on what you do to get through the times where the words only flow in increments of 100 rather than 1000.

Please?  Pretty please with sugar on top?


About Laura S.

Author, Mother, Gimp, and Oracle of All Things Poultry

4 responses to “I Got the Word Count Blues…

  1. Laura,

    When I get stuck, I like to go back and edit projects or to do research on the world around me. Learning new things always inspires me-make them things outside of writing, things completely foreign to you, and you’re bound to find inspiration of some sort. The internet and libraries are great resources, and there’s so much knowledge to be acquired. And knowledge usually inspires.

    First I suggest you try to figure out why you’re stuck, though–it could be your story trying to go in an entirely different direction. And if it is, follow it and see where it goes.

  2. I just sit down and write what I’m thinking. Even if it’s just, “I’m sitting down and writing what I’m thinking.” Usually I find a way to just keep typing.

  3. I’m a sucker for editing when I’m stuck. I can always find a phrase or paragraph or scene that needs work, and even if I only go through and identify what needs to be fixed later, at least it’s progress, right?

  4. All good suggestions.
    Our three year old is in a particularly frantic place right now, going through this screaming phase, and it is turning my husband and I into hateful people because we are so at our wits end.
    I think I finally figured out today that the random screams and their associated angst are having a lot to do with me being off and unable to focus. I am more worried about him and how to deal with it than how to ever finish what I am writing/editing.

    I need a vacation. 😀

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