Last Tuesday I outlined my plan to exercise my writing muscles back into shape. Now, I haven’t written much in a few months so I’m feeling like I’m doing some heavy lifting without warming up. And apparently I’m not the only one feeling like this at the moment.
One of my good friends, a playwright, just asked Facebook (the All Knowing) about how to get back into the writing saddle.
There was some straight up, common sense advice:
Just do it and see what sticks.
Don’t put any pressure on it, sit there until something comes.
Blow something up.
Copy someone else’s first line and then finish the story yourself.
I shared Chuck Wendig’s “A Smattering Of Stupid Writer Tricks” with her.
But I want to know what you do. Have you ever taken a long break and then tried to get back into the swing of things? How’d you do it?
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.