Tuesday, February 5, 2013

#IWSG: Writing Funks and Moving Enough

Sorry for being MIA since the cruise, it's been a struggle. First it was due to the chest cold I brought back with me. Week one - lost. Then I got preoccupied with our upcoming month long vacation in Ecuador - more weeks gone. I'm trying to get back on track, honest, I am. Writing has been way too sporadic and I have much to write!

I hope to finish the final edit of "Not a Whisper" this week and get it uploaded to Amazon. I hate missing deadlines, even if they were artificially created by me. First I missed Dec 31st, then Jan 31st. Keep your fingers crossed that I can make this one.

I have taken some time just for me, going for some motorcycle rides for one thing. I also need to start moving more, physically. I'm sitting too much and getting stiff and inflexible. It's been years since I did yoga and even then I only did very basic moves. Time to get the mat out and stretch these tight muscles, tendons and ligaments. I was actually pretty good on the cruise, using both the recumbent bike and the elliptical.

How do you fight falling into a writing funk? What helps you get out of it and back being productive? Do you sit too much or are you good about getting off your butt and moving enough?



  1. Oh, yes, I've been feeling the tight muscles and, in my case, headaches. I can't sit for long hours in front of the computer like I used to. I get up and move around after about 45 min. to an hour.

    I'm terrible with exercise. I'll go for spurts and then drop it, usually in the winter. But I know I need to get moving so recently started doing 15 min. of exercise every day. I figure 15 min isn't long and sometimes I even go longer.

    As for the writing funk, I just worked my way out of one by doing an internet search for "creativity" and found a couple good sources that worked for me. Inkybites.com and melissadinwiddie.com But, what works for me may not work for you. I like learning something new and that has a way of pulling me out of my funk.

    I wish you clarity with your current projects!

  2. Good luck getting the book edits done! Ugh, I hate those writing funks. When I'm in one, I tend to read more. It helps inspire me to continue on with my own work.

  3. I'd like to say that it is good to hear that I am not the only one, but then again, no one want to really be praised for being in a funk. I don't. But misery does love company. I have total writer's funk and while I have been making small progress with getting my butt up out of my chair, I would much rather sit here or hibernate. So, unless someone comes to pull me out of my hole like a belatedly awakened groundhog, I am stuck in this funk.

    Of course, that someone has to be me. No one else can do it except us, and sometimes that's the hardest part. Therefore, I am glad I am not the only one in a writer's winter funk. Good luck to you all and me in our efforts to get out and get moving! My plan is to take advantage of the snow we are getting and go x-country skiing.

  4. Thanks for stopping by. My writing funk is waning, fortunately. Still working on the getting moving thing. LOL!

  5. Thanks, Cherie. I finally got it to two beta readers but still need to listen to it (text to speech). I'll get there...LOL!

  6. Shanah, nice to find someone fighting the same things. We'll get there!

  7. Wishing you deadline happiness. ;-) I know this isn't a very inspiring answer, but I don't try to fight writing funks (unless they last way too long, haven't had that yet), because I figure they are part of the writing process. I'm afraid to fight fate, and I figure a writing funk is fate's way of saying, "Just don't write right now." It works for me!

    And I agree with Cherie, I read more. It usually brings me back. Plus, I love to read, so it's a win-win.


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