You know how you reach that point in a relationship where everything is kind of ho-hum? Where you’re just going through the motions, hoping to make it to the part where things will get interesting again?
Things aren’t bad, exactly, but the zing is no longer as zingy as it once was. If the relationship were a taco, it would lack picante sauce. If it were a sundae, it would be plain chocolate syrup on vanilla frozen yogurt, not hot fudge on Hagen Daz with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
(Hmm. Is anyone else getting hungry?)
It would be like a martini without olives—quelle horreur!
Hey…wait a minute. You don’t think I’m talking about TG and me, do you? Because let me assure you, that man is picante sauce, hot fudge, whipped cream, and olives all rolled into one. (You know, without being as gross as that sounds.) And I like to think I’m the cherry on top.
What I’m talking about is writer/book relationships. Because, hard as it is to acknowledge, sometimes the passion for a WIP does does die. As with some relationships between people (or so I’ve heard), a certain ennui can set in after a time. You can’t seem to come up with anything new to say. And face it, if you stare at anything long enough, you start to see all the annoying little flaws that were easily overlooked in the first blush of love.
The patterns get predictable. What was once a comforting familiarity becomes “Oh, dear lord, not that again!”
But don’t despair! It is possible to restore that flame to its blazing glory. To find that passion again! In fact, the very same tips often suggested for people relationships also apply to books.
So, if your Work In Progress is in serious need of a flame-thrower, try these:
1. A romantic getaway. Get your rear in gear, and take that WIP away from the same ol’-same ol’. A coffee shop, a park, the zoo. Heck, take a grease pencil into the tub with you, write notes all over your skin, and then afterwards write naked while you refer to them. Changing your usual routine is the idea.
(Of course, if writing naked is your usual routine, never mind.)
2. Ménage à trois, anyone? Ménage à quatre? Or cinq? *ahem* The idea here is to try adding another person to your cast. Write in somebody new and unexpected, just to shake things up. See what pops up when a new character comes into play. Er, so to speak.
3. Toys, anyone? *waggles eyebrows* New pens, notebooks, bulletin boards, paper clips—any shiny new writing supplies you can think of—can really get that engine revved up again. Careful, though. You don’t want to get so *cough* distracted by, um, technology that you forget about the essence of the relationship: you and the words, baby. You and the words.
4. If all else fails, take a break. Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder. Just don’t let your break morph into “Out of sight, out of mind.”
How about you guys? Any tips for fanning the flames of love for your Work in Progress? They don’t even have to be naughty…but you know I’ll giggle if they are.