After finishing a writing project, my most recent middle grade book SHELL, it’s been hard to find inspiration to continue with something else. I felt no enthusiasm. I felt stuck. Even though I had a story in mind, one I started to work on a few years back. Finally I resolved to write something every day. I’ve mostly stuck with that during the past month. Sometimes just a paragraph or two. Sometimes an idea takes off and I write a few pages. Gradually the book is beginning to take shape.
A couple of days ago I started writing a scene, left off part way through, and picked it up again yesterday with a lot more energy than I’ve had for the book so far. This brings me to a writing tip I just saw on this web site. Good advice, I think. I quote,
“Never finish a writing session by finishing off a scene . . . you’ll find that you’re keen to get back to the page when your next day’s writing session begins. Moreover, you won’t be stuck at the beginning of a new scene, staring at the flashing Cursor of Doom and wondering what happens next. You’ll always have something to pick up and run with”