For the past few months I have had a hard time writing. Production has staggered to a near halt. Rabbit holes like Twitter and consume my time. When not on Twitter I seek relief in Facebook games (Did you know those games are FINITE!!! I did NOT until I actually reached the end of Pepper Panic Saga last night).
So, what have been the only things to stand between me and total paralysis?
1- Get out of the house: I have taken to going to a local coffee shop to work on my edits. It's not too far from the house and I can drink tea. It's a bit noisy but editing isn't as demanding as composing prose from scratch (at least for me) and I can work there. There is internet available but I don't trust public internet so I don't log on. That way there is no distraction.
2- Find someone who will hold you accountable: I have a monthly critique group that I am taking my first chapter to and getting feedback. It doesn't necessarily keep me going, but it makes me read my words out loud and consider my manuscript. It's also nice to talk to other writers.
3- Take a writing class: Even if you don't NEED one it will make you write. I am currently taking an online writing class and honestly, it's the first original composing I've done since January. They may only be exercises but at least, again, I am thinking about my WIP and using my characters in the exercises to deepen my understanding of them.
4- Take a break: Just give in to your vices and escapes. Just make sure you don't do it for too long. But try and recharge your batteries. Get outside. Go on a mini vacation. Check out the local farmer's market.