I've been struggling with my latest WIP. Nothing but love for the idea, but every time I sit down to write, it's been a chore. Part of it is that I'm trying to write at home. I can't seem to focus with a dirty kitchen or dust on the table or laundry that needs to be done or a closet that needs to be reorganized. But I live in L.A. so we don't have quaint coffee shops. We have annoying people who feel the need to convince everyone how important they are so they answer their cell phones in quiet coffee shops and have very loud, name dropping conversations. So writing out is out.
I needed help focusing. I needed to sit at the computer and tune everything else out. One thing that I had gotten away from was burning a candle. I don't know why this helps me focus on my writing, but it does. Different scents for different stories. This one is vanilla bean. Although, I admit that I had a 4,000 word count evening with eucalyptus when I had a migraine two mornings ago. So, vanilla and eucalyptus (just not together because that would smell gross).
Fab Crit Partner Colene sent me a link that helped get my mojo back last week. It also helped me get to sleep at a decent hour. But first the mojo. It seemed so simple - know what you're writing before you write it. How many of us are pantsers? I started this as my NaNo project...and then got pneumonia so there went that. When I NaNo, I have a loose idea of where I'm going. I have bullet points in my head to hit. This wasn't any different. For some reason, though, it wasn't working here.
I took the advice - as I crawled into bed, I started sketching the next few chapters. When I say sketch, I mean bare bones with maybe a few lines of dialogue. In ten minutes, I had filled two pages, front and back. There were no characters in my head, nothing fighting for paper. The chatter disappeared and I slept. It was awesome!
Even better was my performance at my computer the next morning. The words have been cranking out. My count is rising. I have my mojo back!! A few minutes at bedtime sets me up for the morning (and helps me sleep the minute my head hits the pillow). I still think I'm pantsing it, but with a topo map and a compass.
What about you - how do you keep your word count up? Ever lost your mojo? What brought it back?