Priming The Pump - Getting Back Into Writing
I know we have writers here and all writers take a break from their craft. Sometimes its intentional and sometimes its forced on us. Starting your writing back up can sometimes be a real problem. Here is one way I do it.
Pick any movie or television scene you enjoy. Something short, say under ten minutes. I prefer a scene with some dialog between just two or at most three people, and without being heavy in action. Something that the people in the scene are actively thinking. . Once I used the tango dance scene in Al Pacino's movie "A Scent of a Woman". I can't find it or I'd post it. The thing is for me its easier to use a dramatic or romantic scene, but use the one you feel best with. Same with the POV.
By the same token, sometimes going outside of your normal niche is good too.
I put the clip on and watch it a few times first, then I open my writing program. I use Wordpad for this and not my primary writing software Star Office because I don't want the software to interrupt me with typo corrections or grammar suggestions.
With the video providing the dialog, I "write" the scene as if I was doing it in book form. I provide the descriptive setting and the internal thought processes, but allow the dialog to lead my writing. This way I don't have to provide everything from scratch. Most of the time movie and television glosses over the internal, because its hard to provide it in visual form. As for the surrounding, they are on the scene to see. Writing it down though, forces me to get back into the format of the written story.
Now I do often have to pause the video, go back and listen to it again since I can't type as fast as its spoken. Sometimes I just write a few of the sentences of the dialog without the added material and then go back and begin to build the descriptive background. Sometimes I change or delete a word here or there. The point isn't to write a published ready story but to get your mind back into the "mode" of writing.
Now that the New Year is here, I've made a promise that I'd start writing again with the intention of getting a few stories published. So this week and last I've been doing this.
Question for the other writers here, what are your tricks to get yourself back into the groove?