NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block

Have you ever had a really good dream, but your bodily functions wake you? After you take care of necessities and climb back into bed and you can’t quite get comfortable again and you try really hard to get back into that dream and sink into bliss. It keeps you awake because you just can’t find that sweet spot and get your brain to start playing the dream movie again.

That happened to me last night. I finally went back to sleep and started dreaming, my alarm went off to get ready for the gym. When, I got back from the gym and settled down to write, I wanted to get myself into that sweet spot of playing the book movie in my head and start dictating what’s happening.

Unfortunately, despite plotting what is going to happen. I couldn’t “see” the scene. I came up blank. I had it in my head when I quit for the day yesterday, but it wouldn’t come.

I tried switching projects. I got about six or seven hundred words in, but there was no way I was going to make my NaNo word count.

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to adult tonight and I do have a family I don’t like to ignore, so I won’t be writing.

I’m not worried about it. I’m going away for a few days with a few friends. (We’ve all been isolating and we’re getting tested before we meet up.) I’ll be near a beach. Hopefully the lack of kittens and kids will help me focus.

Hope your day went well. Happy Writing!

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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block

  1. I certainly understand that sensation- I’ve been encountering that a bit myself. It really started to kick in late last night and all day today. It was like my thought train derailed and is waiting for someone to come clean it up. Good luck on getting back at it tomorrow and certainly on the beach! What a picturesque place for some writing Zen 😊

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  2. I totally get being in the wrong headspace to continue writing, despite your best efforts. I’m sure it’s a plateau I can climb, but I just haven’t found the solution. Hope you enjoy your vacation and writing there!

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