What do you do when you just can't write another word?
Personally, I need to set a date with myself for some alone time with my characters. It's been so long since I've been productive that I'm feeling pretty distanced from my old friends. I need to head over to Barnes and Noble, take a corner table all by myself, wrap my hands around a hot paper cup filled with coffee, close my eyes and let my characters speak to me. What would they say, I wonder. I'm going to continue wondering for a while because I'm not sure when I'll get away by myself. To be honest, I can hardly imagine what that would be like. I guess I'll settle for trying to tune into their voices when my head hits the pillow or my feet pound the treadmill.
Just in case I steal away I'll keep some napkins and a pen in my purse.
Maybe I need some fresh ideas for inspiration.
Oh, Christy, I know what you mean. Last March I did get away - went to a work conference - 2 nights alone in a hotel room with my laptop. DIDN'T. WRITE. A. WORD. It was too quiet, too unfamiliar, no SpongeBob in the background (it seemed weird to turn it on when I was alone!). My best inspiration for A New Day was writing my dialogue long-hand. In fact, I ended up writing about 40 written pages helping myself know the characters. Most of what I wrote didn't make it in the final version, but it helped a lot. So far, I haven't needed to do that with Coyote Hotel. But I do need to turn off the internet for awhile.
(Hmm, we should really think of something to help us along. Contest, anyone?)
What DO you do?