Hear that stuttered beat? It’s intriguing, hopeful.
You don’t quite know where the song is going until after the 8-measure intro, and the full beat kicks in (after another mini intro).
That’s what writing is like sometimes. It’s difficult to sit down and just start typing or scribbling away all the time. That’s what NaNo has been like for me so far this month.
I’ll sit down to write and get distracted or simply won’t have enough time to really find my rhythm. This has resulted in a pitifully low word count so far this November.
I dare not even write it aloud (although you can see my “progress” on my NaNo profile: dia820).
After two months of occupying myself with other things, like owning a house, rekindling my writing habit has been a struggle. It’s not that I don’t want to write, mind you. I’m quite looking forward to the first evening I can churn out 2,000 words and go to bed satisfied and optimistic.
It’s more that a lack of solid writing time through the first six days of the month has kept me from getting back into the habit of writing. Because writing is a habit, or it should be for anyone who considers themselves a Writer with a capital ‘W’.
This website has suffered too. I can’t even count how many of my posts over the last two months have been thrown together last-minute, or even written late. Definitely more than half.
So how am I finding my writing rhythm again?
- It starts tonight. Why? Because I’m present and because if it doesn’t start now, when the hell will it? That’s half the battle.
- Appropriate background noise. Football, while entertaining, is a bit too distracting for writing. As much as I want to see whether the Lions or the Packers will emerge as the second-tier contender in the NFC North (my money’s on the Lions), watching TV is not conducive to writing.
- But music is! Or, at least the right music. RJD2 has fueled this post so far, and it’s working out fairly well for me. Instrumental music is my go-to when I just want to leave the real world behind for a time.
So that’s my advice: don’t put off starting your project, whether it’s writing 2,000 words in a night or rebuilding a fence because it blew over in a strong wind because you didn’t know that the previous owner literally didn’t even cement the fence posts into the ground!
I highly recommend listening to post rock for some solid background noise and ambiance: all instrumental, heavy in tone, and just melancholy enough to take me to all of the dark places of my mind where my creativity tends to shine brightest.
How do you find your writing rhythm?