A Novel Idea

How do you write when you’re just not in the mood?

Posted on: June 8, 2010

Today writing has been like trying to peel the label off a jam jar without ripping it: nigh impossible.

I didn’t particularly make it easy for myself. I’ve been chief procrastinator all day.

I spent most of the morning flapping around organising stuff rather than writing.

Sure, some of it is related to my writing:

I’ve registered for an upcoming conference, coordinated the next catch up with my writing group, and researched an aspect of my novel.

I spent a great deal of time on Google Maps locating the best town of origin for the protagonist’s nemesis.

I resisted the urge to answer my phone.  Sorry mum. Thanks for the txt.

I’ve unsubscribed from a random mail list (just because I buy from you once does not mean I want to receive your World Cup Socceroos thinly veiled selling attempt).

Some of my procrastination has been totally unrelated to my writing:

In an attempt to stop my close friends from thinking I’ve turned into a hermit, I’ve arranged a weekend catch up.

I’ve washed up.

I’ve bought pasta for our dinner tonight.

I’ve researched various perfumes even though that is by no means in the budget.

How do you write when you’re just not in the mood?

One blessed letter at a time.

Back to it for me. This could be a late night.

Write well. Write often.


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3 Responses to "How do you write when you’re just not in the mood?"

Sometimes you just don’t write. Sometimes you can change what you write – work on a different project or just do a writing drill. Sometimes, you need the break.
Wishing you the best with your writing.

Thanks for the well wishes. I’m fast coming to the realization that I can’t force good work.

Well, I just normally end up sitting there, twirling my hair and staring at the stuff around me. But if you really can’t write, do a little free write with your main character. Just put them in a situation and see how they would get out of it. Or, go try really hard to sleep and since you’re trying really hard to go to sleep, you can’t, so you’ll start thinking about your story. Or at least that’s how it works sometimes.

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  • Violet: Thanks Alannah :) Apologies for not replying sooner: I'm finally catching my breath and the year is almost over!
  • Alannah Murphy: I remember your first post, way back when I had my old Here Be Dragons blog, and I am glad you are still writing. We all find out, sooner or later, ho
  • Violet: Good to hear that Aaron. Good Luck with your work.
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