Monday, August 31, 2009
Old Fashioned Bum Glue
by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
I've been feeling like a bit of a loser of late - perhaps it's the summer (or the week off from preschool which placed me in writing limbo) - but my writing mojo feels a little dented so I've had to claw my way back from depression-dom to start the week off. The only way I know how to beat the writing blues - not a writing block mind you - but that plague of self-doubt that hits you at midnight and which follows you through the day - is to resort to an old-fashioned tried and true method. Bum Glue.
This means that I sit down and, no matter how crappy or disillusioned I feel, I write. What gets typed may be absolute drivel (and it often is at first) but I persevere. I sit down, keep my bum glued to the seat, and write.
Tonight, as I compose this blog, I am preparing myself for the challenge of a week of bum glue ahead of me. I am trying to shaking off the panic and the angst, trying to shove back the "I'm a loser" thoughts and getting ready to face my fears. As Jim so aptly wrote in his post yesterday, I just have to move up the pyramid and the only way to do that is to keep writing.
So does anyone have any pearls of wisdom for me as I take a deep breath, wriggle my behind, and prepare? How do you restore your spirits or reclaim your writing mojo? Or am I the only one who suddenly finds themselves in that deep pit looking up and wondering how to escape?
Any tips on getting the bum glue to stick?