Unfortunately, I'm not giving advice today; I'm asking for it. Well. For your methods, I suppose. In pulling yourself out of a writing rut. This past June, as you all know, one of my favorite authors spoke at our local summer writing workshop. I served as her chauffeur to and from the airport, dinner, etc. On one particular occasion, she laughed and said she was on a deadline and hadn't written in an entire month.
I was shocked. I mean... all the published writers out there show up at the keyboard every single day of their lives, right? Right?
But later on, I came to find out that my CP, who was riding in the backseat at the time, thought to herself, "Wow. Maybe I really am a writer!"
Totally different reactions, though, admittedly, I like hers better. Here's why: This happens to me around mid-point in each novel. I get bored. Tired. Uninterested. Take your pick. I don't know why this occurs, but it does, and I find myself having to figure out how to get myself out of it--ie. The Rut. Last time, I picked old faithfuls to read. Books off my keeper shelf. It worked and, soon, I was on my way.
I'm going on two weeks now, and when I do show up at the keyboard, in my current story, I draw a complete blank. The CP suggests I plotted too hard, which is completely viable, I think, because I'm definitely a born-and-bred Pantser. But she's staying on me constantly, bless her, and she is nothing if not persistent. I'll spit this book out one way or another, even if she has to hog-tie me to the chair and refuse me Junior Mints until I type "The End."
I'd really like to know what you do when this happens--IF this happens. Or if it doesn't, you lucky writer, what would you suggest as a remedy?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,