Okay, I admit it. I haven't felt particularly creative lately. I had to restart my WIP because there wasn't enough conflict in the plot, and the prospect of trashing 20K words and starting from scratch made me want to cry, crawl into bed, and forget the world.
Add to that the various responsibilities that fall on my shoulders, and I was a dry well when it came to my creativity.
And yet, I have a deadline. This manuscript is due on my agent's desk on April 1st. I HAVE to crank out the words. I have to create this story, these characters.
What to do...
I decided that I might be able to unstopper the bottleneck if I found another way to be creative. A different project that would allow my hands to be busy and my mind to be free to roam.
So I headed to Hobby Lobby and bought some baby yarn, perused the internet until I found a pattern I liked, and--as my daughter would say--Voy-Oh-Lee!
I created a lovely afghan that I will soon gift to a mom-to-be, and while I was working, I let my mind ruminate on the story, the characters, and why I wanted to write.
And on Saturday, I added 6K words to my manuscript.
What do you do when the creativity dries up? How do you refuel?