Monday, or, Breaking Through Writer’s Block
Today was the start of my second full week at KRM. I spent the morning finishing the project I’d left unfinished on Friday: estimating the value of items (mostly furniture) we’ve had donated to us recently. I also printed out 11 more thank-you letters, and then it was time for lunch. Lunch today was my leftover mozzarella sticks from Saturday’s writing session, pretzel sticks, grapes, and one of the cookies that was in the lunch room.
I spent most of the afternoon dealing with donations: sorting incoming items and helping Shelley and Yovana set up for the clothes giveaway we’re having for our clients tomorrow morning. We’re not done yet, so that’s what I’m going to be doing in the morning.
I’ve had a comparatively productive evening, and it really does do wonders for my self-esteem. After work, I went grocery shopping, and then I did laundry and made a banking-related phone call. It took me a while to sit down and concentrate on my writing, but I finally did, and I got through the difficult part that was causing me such a case of “writer’s block” – in this case, really more like “writer’s unwillingness to attack a difficult scene that will take a lot of patience and effort to write.” In the scene in question, the main character goes to watch a musical, and I wanted to write some of the lyrics to one of the songs from the musical as part of my script, but songwriting just doesn’t come naturally to me. What got me through it was determination and listening to some existing showtunes via Live365 streaming radio. After I finished the song lyrics, the narrative started flowing easily again.
More work and more writing lie ahead tomorrow. I look forward to it.