March 11, 2012 at 10:45 PMKatie McGarry

Book I'm currently reading: The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

This morning's running conditions: Ran last night in 60 degree weather--I have kick boxing class this morning!

Song I placed on repeat while running: Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash

Why I love the song: I always feel compelled to write, but sometimes I need to walk away

The lyrics: This indecisions bugging me.

Sometimes I don’t have muse.

I can sit with the computer in my lap, my fingers drumming on the keyboard with absolutely no thought in my head.

As a writer, it’s a frightening place to be. Crickets aren’t even chiming in my brain. Just awful, wind blowing through the dark, silence.

Most of the time, the root of the problem can be found because I get so caught up writing that I forget to live.

See, living sparks my imagination.

During a particularly awful dry spell while writing Pushing the Limits, I witnessed two teenage girls sipping coffee at a table near the Starbucks. The girls were all whispers when the adult was away, but then all smiles when the adult returned.

The wheel in my mind turned. One rotation quickly lead to another. Soon, I was back at my lap top, typing away.

So are you having a rough time writing? Are you experiencing writer’s block?

Then walk away from the computer. Watch TV. Listen to music. Go shopping. Give yourself a break.

I promise it will help.


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