I’m going to try something new. As some of you will know I’ve been struggling to write, particularly since Covid-19 changed our lives, and in fact I’ve stopped, completely, at least on my fiction. This seems a shame considering I have a couple of books about 75% written. They are only at first draft stage but, getting first drafts completed, is always the trickiest part for me.
I feel I need to change things up a bit to make a difference, so I’ve come up with a plan.
I’ve noticed many writers go off to coffee shops or some sort of other place to work on their fiction. And I’ve never done that. I’ve always written at the exact same desk I do all my other work and I’m wondering if a change of scene might spark my creativity back into life. Maybe I’m stale of the same old environment?
Clearly coffee shops are not a possibility right now, mostly because none are open, but also because even if they were there isn’t one within a reasonable distance of my home, as I’m a tad rural. So I wondered if I could do something different at home instead and, with the weather being as lovely as it is at the moment, the garden seems like the best option.
You might think that I would utilise that anyway, considering I work from home, but I never have. I’ve always thought I’d be constantly having to go back to my office to retrieve files etc. so I’ve never bothered.
But now this feels like it could be a refreshing change; one that I’m desperately in need of.
The other point of trying this is that I can also put myself under a little pressure at the same time, by unplugging my laptop. The battery on it will survive somewhere between 2 and 3 hours and I think if I unplugged and headed for the garden I could set myself that time limit, I’m actually thinking of 2 hours at a time, to get down as many words as possible. My aim, 2000. I’m a slow writer though so it might be more like 1000, but that would still be 1000 more than I’m managing right now.
I had fully intended on trying this regime out before I posted this, but my, what seemed like a relatively free week, became filled with this and that, as it does, so I haven’t. However, I shall definitely give it a go over the next week and we’ll see what happens.
In a perfect world I would organise my days so I could do this at the same time every day, thereby making it a habit. Unfortunately, my life really doesn’t work that way, so while I might manage that now and then, mostly I’ll be having to shoehorn those hours in amongst my client work.
However, I like the idea of setting myself up in a new place and to have to sprint write those words, at least for the first drafts. Let’s see if it brings the desired results!
How about you? Have you found changing your setting or a routine that wasn’t working has improved your creative performance? I look forward to hearing from you with any tips or suggestions you are willing to make.