Carbing Up

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?

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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7 Responses to Carbing Up

  1. taureanw says:

    Great point!
    I’ve been in a slump lately as well and I gotta agree reading a good book or story definitely gets me back into the swing of things!

    • It does! I’ve had my nose in The Hunger Games trilogy for the past couple of weeks. A friend recommended it and told me to clear out a couple of weekends because I won’t want to do anything else but read. And you know, I can already tell that I’m going to be ready to write when I finish the last book. Thank you! Have a good one!

      • taureanw says:

        Let me know what you think about The Hunger Games Trilogy! I finished it a couple months back and I’d be interested in seeing what you think. Of course they are already starting on the movie adaptions.

        • I devoured the first two books and loved them. But for some reason I didn’t really dig the third book that much. I’m not sure if it was the brainwashed Peeta or if it was Gale being under-developed. And, I wasn’t really that happy with the ending. But then again, I’m anti-happy endings sometimes. What did you think?

  2. Frank Bishop says:

    I listen to audiobooks and music while at work, get the stew of juices boiling and then unleash hell later.

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