Playing Around

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”
Arnold Toynbee

After a major work funk yesterday and feeling pretty low, I rebounded today. How did I shake myself up and get myself energized and excited again? Basically, I decided to play with my story: to give myself permission to mess around with it and simply see what happened. Once I took a chill pill, things really began to open up.

Here’s what I mean by play:

I used a bright green Jelly Roll pen, which is fun and cheerful. I read recently that green ink helps spark creativity, so I decided, what the hey, why not give it a try?

I used large index cards instead of a full sheet of paper to write my latest set of changes to my novel draft. Using cards that are about half a page in size always encourages me to focus on my work paragraph by paragraph. Somehow, breaking it down in this way makes a rewrite seem less intimidating and more manageable.
Index cards always make me think of mapping something out roughly, which takes a lot of the pressure off and makes me feel looser.

I made a decision to blow through the latest redraft of my first chapter quickly. This forced me to move along with some vim and vigor, and made me feel more energetic and committed. And when I came up with a new idea, I acted on it right away, which helped me build some momentum.

I took a break after a few hours of work and went for a walk. Being outside helped recharge my batteries.

The end result: I’ll have to keep you posted, but things seem to be moving in the right direction. And equally important, I’m feeling more hopeful. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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1 Response to Playing Around

  1. calmgrove says:

    Though I rarely write fiction (short stories, if at all), and have concentrated on articles and reviews, I employ much the same techniques as you mention, though I tend to use flow diagrams and columns and mind maps for my initial planning, and jot these and other ideas down in a school exercise book.

    Posts like these, however, I tend to compose straight onto a laptop (glad I taught myself to touch-type aged eighteen!) as it’s so easy to do all those edits before pressing Enter.

    Mind you, getting up from a seated position and just doing something else is the best advice, not just for writer’s block but for health’s sake! That, and a sufficient supply of ordinary tap water at frequent intervals… Cuts out headaches, from both physical and mental perspectives!

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