There's something I've noticed with my last novella, Jungle Blaze, the third book in my Amazon Chronicles series, which comes out next month. There were times when working on the computer were pretty painstaking. Maybe some of it was writer's block, or maybe just the stress of what I've had going on was affecting my writing. It could also have been the distraction of the internet, and maybe even watching the "word count" toolbar on Word not move as quickly as I'd like. No, I don't dare turn that toolbar off because I'd get even more paranoid! lol
What did I do? I kept myself determined to keep the momentum from floundering too much, so I went back to pen and paper for several pages at a time. It's interesting because I noticed when I did that, I'd type up what I wrote and more easily be able to continue with the story.
I liked that I could get away from the computer and my office. I have a laptop and a netbook, which I could do the same with, but there's something about pen and paper that made it feel like it was just me and the characters in my head. It took less concentration to get the words on the page since I was there. Besides, there's a bunch of specials on school supplies going on right now. As a writer, I love looking through the deals and getting office supplies.
The only problem with this was that I'm pretty quick with typing, so I can more easily keep up with the characters when I'm telling their story. With pen and paper, it takes a little longer to get it down, but that didn't take away from the awesome feeling of actually writing. :-)
So what do you do when you're stuck with writing? Have you tried going back to writing with pen and paper for a few pages at a time? Maybe on a laptop?
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