Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Momentum

As Sir Isaac Newton observed, an object at rest tends to stay that way until acted upon by an outside force. The converse of this is also true, when the object is in motion, it stays in motion until outside influences put a stop to it.  I find myself sympathizing with that object.  When I was writing more regularly, it was easy to keep going, even when I had a few days of being low on inspiration.  Since it's been a couple of weeks, due to my husband's back injury, PTA responsibilities, sick kids, and general lethargy, I'm struggling to sit down and write. I've lost my momentum, and I don't know what I need to get it back.

I've been reading, but nothing noteworthy (the free, cheesy romance novels Amazon offers for the Kindle app are pretty lame). I've been getting stuff done, but nothing inspiring or even interesting (housework and PTA minutia aren't terribly interesting to even  me). I'm attempting to get the house clean and ready for the holidays, but my heart's not in it.  I'm not even inspired by trips to the craft store (which is not like me at all).

So what does one do to get themselves into motion?  I've tried mediating on it, which has generally led to fall asleep; I've tried looking for inspiration in books, movies, art, TV, and on the internet, and again that generally leads to napping, not writing. I've rearranged furniture, got rid of stuff, and started boiling cinnamon and oranges on the stove to change the scent here, but still I sit.  My next move is to cut and color my hair.  I'm running out of ideas that don't involve patiently waiting, but I'm not giving up.

When you find yourself unable to move, what do you do?  Do accept the stillness in your life, do you search for a way to jump start things or do you do something else?


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