Despite what I wrote yesterday, the truth is that it's hard to get back into writing after being off for a certain amount of time. I find myself fumbling with words and unable to trust my ability. It was so easy before, but I lost my confidence and now I have to find ways to get back into the flow. The best thing a writer can do is just write and think later. My problem is that I am thinking too much. Today's the day.
One thing that I've thought about quite a bit is how, in order to write fiction, we must allow our characters to rule our thoughts. I know that sounds crazy, and it is. But that's what works for me. I write best when my real world—including ME—is second to the fictional ticker tape in my head. Everything I eat, think, do, is enhanced by what my characters will do and say next. It's a fun life, really. When life is hectic and we are jerked out of this lovely thought mode, it feels awkward. Some folks save it all for the time they are sitting in front of their computers, but I like to let it roll all day and night. We're all different.
One thing though, the times when I was struggling in front of the computer, and the times I was rolling free, I couldn't see it in the work. It all looked the same. So moral of the story: you are who you are as a writer, situation good or bad. There's something comforting about that.