I haven’t written that much in the last two weeks. Haven’t blogged that much either. I thought I was hitting that Wednesday Slump – you know the one … Monday and Tuesday you are going to be productive and meet this goal and that, Wednesday – meh, and then for Thursday and Friday you are going to rock that to do list just to sneak out of the office early on Friday. Novel writing is sorta like that sometimes.
At dinner Friday night, my husband ordered both a foccacia and pizza. I joked that he must be carbing up for a busy weekend and that’s when it hit me. I’ve been doing the exact same thing in writing, except instead of consuming calories, I’ve inhaled at least three books.
Typically when I’m in the throes of writing, I have a hard time reading. It’s not that I fear accidentally plagiarizing something or feeling like my own WIP pales in comparison. It’s more that I’m so focused on what I’m writing that my mind wanders from what I’m reading to the story I’m working on.
But, writing is all about output. If a runner were to stand at a starting line without any nourishment, how do you think he would fair in the race? You need input (calories, or in my case words) to produce the output. It will be so much easier to put one word after the other after feeling like I’ve refilled the literary bank with stories that make me want to cancel all plans and just lounge around with my nose between pages. After all, that’s what summer is for – right?
So, what about you? How do you carb up for writing?