Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writers Round Table

When you’ve had crisis in your life, how do you get your writing back on track?
Karen Michelle Nutt
Writing is an escape for me. So when a crisis hits, disappearing into my characters’ lives gives me a break from reality. And if that doesn’t work, sometimes just chatting on the yahoo groups or Facebook gives me a break from pressing matters. J It’s a step back, relax and recharge.
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Christine Fairchild
Daydreaming. Seriously, I need a couple days with no agenda when I can lie in bed and stare at the ceiling for hours, just letting my mind drift and think of characters. If I can't get that, then my walks with my dog are "drift" time.
Often when life is stressful--and with so many family ailments and injuries and hospitalizations this past year, life has been a doozy!-- I hold tight to the hands of many of my characters. When I'm in bed at night, they are the ones I visit for imagination time, playing out different scenes in my book to help me sleep. Jules and Sam in my Romantic Suspense, An Eye For Danger, really distracted me when I was dealing with negative elder care issues and the case of PTSD I got as a result.
Physically I have to go spend time in my art studio. That's my creative space. I don't typically do editing or marketing or teaching or any business there. Just writing. I share the space with 2 painters, so I also get lots of color and visual stimulation that takes me into a creative space. We all honor our studio as sacred, so that helps keep the energy in the right direction, but sometimes I just need to be there alone. Fortunately, painters tend to only work in 3-4 hour spells. Me, I'll go 8-12 hours if I don't have to deal with the dog!
So my advice to fellow authors is 1) find no agenda time for your brain and body and 2) find a clear space and/or others you can be around that encourage creative time.
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 Mariposa Cruz:
 Unfortunately most high stress situations are a drain on both time and energy.  During times of crisis, I focus on smaller writing projects that are easier to manage and consciously refrain from getting worked up over what I think I should be accomplishing.  A huge personal storm hit my life on several fronts a couple of years ago.  I shelved my novel-in-process and focused on edits to Howl.  Shortly after the storm subsided, I landed a contract for Howl.  It is important to keep moving forward, even if you have to take smaller steps.