Week seven. By now, you must have hit the doldrums. You know, that point where routine has become established and you are putting pen to page daily but you are so tired of your own words that you may scream or cry or both. Don't worry, it happens to all artists. It is possible to concurrently love what you are doing and be sick to death of your own thoughts. When you reach the doldrums, it's time to shake things up.
NOTE: Shaking things up does not mean taking even one day off from your writing routine. That, my friends, would be a mistake. Trust me, if you take even one day off so early in your new routine, you will very likely lose the thread that keeps you attached to your project(s). There may come a point, possibly years down the road, when you can step away from work for a day or even three. By then, your routine may be so well established that you will miss it and be drawn back almost against your will. A mere seven weeks into routine is not the time to risk complete disconnection.
Now is the time to shake things up by writing differently. What do I mean by writing differently? Following is a short list of suggestions for zazzing up your usual drill. Try one or more of these ideas for a day or maybe a few days. This could be the key to maintaining interest in your own work. Just don't veer from your usual schedule.
1. Write in a different place. Maybe on your front porch or in a park. I like relocating to a coffee house or bookstore from time to time.
2. Write in a new form. If you are a poet, try whipping out a short story. If you write fiction, how about penning the first chapter in your memoir?
3. Write from a verbal prompt. For instance: Tell your own birth story.
4. Write from a visual prompt: Write about the picture at right. What do you see? Who do you see? Tell his or her story.
Your Homework is to keep on keeping on and post to comments about your progress with Steph's Boot. Seriously, I want to know how your work is coming along. Please tell.