My printer can be somewhat emotional. On the rare occasion, I hit PRINT rather than SAVE. The easy solution is supposed to be 1) click on the little icon and 2) cancel the “Print Job”. My printer, however, does not like to be pushed about. Seems I can’t just go willy-nilly telling it to print one second and then to stop the next!
Just the other day this happened with some random notes I had typed up. After all my magic tricks (right down to ctrl+alt+del) my laser printer still felt the need to put down 40 pages of information that were good for nothing but advancing global warming. My printer refused to listen to me.
I think often as a writer, I can be the same way my printer is.
There are times when the cosmos are telling me to let an idea simmer and work on something new. But I just bang away at it. Dragging the story from my Muse rather than wooing it. I can’t always see that the best way to improve the plot (or characters or whatever) I’m stuck on but I can get hell bent on meeting my word count/page count goal for the day.
I’ve been especially noticing this tendency now that my broken elbow is better. I feel like all my other ailments should go away and I should be typing a novel a minute! Well, maybe not that much, but certainly more than I’m getting done…which is nothing at the moment.
Normally, you hear this sort of conversation in reverse. You know, never giving up and all that good stuff. I don’t mean that the lesson to take away from this is for me to quit, rather just stop using brute force. Our Muses will want our story a certain way for reasons we don’t yet see. Perhaps until we can hear what it’s telling us, we should work on something new to meet the word count for the day. Sometimes the reason I’m stuck is that I am not listening to my creative voice; much the way my printer doesn’t always listen to me.
Our Muses will want our story a certain way for reasons we don’t always see right off. Perhaps until I can hear what it’s telling me, I should work on some of my other WIPs (Works In Progress) to meet my word count for the day. Sometimes, I think, the reason I’m stuck is that I am not listening to my creative voice; much the way my printer doesn’t always listen to me but just pukes out useless pages!
I need to work on the idea of pausing a project rather than try force myself to print it.
I can’t be the only one to experience this. Even if it’s not writing related, what do YOU do when you’re stuck? I long for your input -meet me in the comments section!