Our Robin’s Round homework for May, 2022: “What are your favorite things to do when you need to get away from stalled writing? Does it help you to resume with new ideas on the book you are writing?”
When I wrote this, I was immensely busy, immersed in campaigning in the Australian elections 48 hours a day, so I needed to keep this brief. (By the way, we have managed to get rid of Australia’s worst Prime Monster ever, and replaced him with a decent Prime Minister.)
My life hasn’t got compartments, but strands that plait together. As I’ve written previously, when I am pounding the keyboard, I’m recording what Little Bob, who hides inside my mind, has already written.
The actual creative process needs me to have a life as well, hence my title.
But also, writing = writing. If I had the time, one of my projects would be to convert Bill, the hero of my Doom Healer series, into a smartass.
So, OK, I am working on this revision. If I reach a previously serious passage and want to introduce a comment that’ll either raise a laugh or raise the eyebrows, I might switch to my book on grief, working title If You Have Lost a Loved One. So far, I have managed to avoid accidentally including the smartass comment in the grief book.
As I am squeezing in the time to write this, I am three weeks post-op. The surgeon told me: “No exercise, except for walking.” Normally, bike riding and weight pumping are among the activities that allow Little Bob to write for me. So, instead, I’ve been walking: letterboxing an average of two hours a session. This is a perfectly good mental unblocker.
Finally, I shall reveal a deep and guilty secret. When I need time to think by not-thinking about things, I play chess against my computer, Sudoku, or FreeCell.
There you have it. If you want to adopt my writing method, live life to the full, and plait the writing into it. Please let me know what you think of my brief rave, then visit the ladies whose links are listed below: