For some people, forgetting about it and moving forward to a new day works, but for most of us who realize that "to be a writer, once must write" it is a different story. One day of leaving it alone too easily turns into a second , a third and then a week has gone by. A couple of ideas spring to mind including:
- if you have a detailed outline, then you may not feel like writing, but at least you know what needs to be written
- a walk in nature is guaranteed to open the lines to your creative center, especially if you walk by yourself without the distractions of i-pods, friends and city noise
- read a good writer in a different genre (call it research if you have to justify it)
- begin a paragraph on a blank page with, "I don't know what to write..." and force your hand to move through more words for 5 minutes, regardless of what they are - don't reread it, just give in to it
- if all else fails, a single-malt scotch, a wood burning fireplace and a sleeping dog at your feet.