One of the problems with writing a novel is that sometimes writing time and the muses do not cooperate. What do you do when you have some time for writing and the muses are off getting drunk and going bowling?
There’s always the option of declaring “I’ve got nothing” and going off to huddle in a corner and cry. Or maybe you might think you can find the muses on the Internet, probably on a social media site, or maybe on YouTube or BuzzFeed or something like that. Funny how time runs out while searching for them.
The problem with those strategies is that you don’t get much done, and your word count just flops around like a fish on the ground. Unlike writing a short story or poem, you can’t just give up and wait for next bit of time. A block of time with the muses whispering in your ear might get you through two thousand words, but it won’t work for eighty thousand. At some point you’ll have to fly museless.
Now the way of dealing with this is going to be different for everyone, but mine is the mantra “Power through it.” I push out the words even if they don’t sound all that inspired. Maybe I’ll just tell a stretch of story instead of showing. Maybe I’ll write some stilted dialogue. Maybe I’ll just puke words onto the page. The great thing about writing is that you can always fix things during revisions until it’s right.
Personally, I find that if I have a rough draft, even if it sucks rocks, then I know I can get the story finished. And that’s inspiring even when the muses are off drunken bowling.
How do you manage to write when uninspired?