I've been working past my writer's block by writing only the fun parts of my novel.
Oh, you didn't remember I'm still working on a novel? I can't imagine why.
The last time I blogged about it was only like seven months ago. C'mon, people, keep up.
Just kidding. This blog is supposed to be about my noveling, but the noveling posts have dropped off shamefully in the last year or so. I'd love to blame it on my adorable kid, but at least half the reason is that when I get home from work in the evening, after playing with him and making dinner, all I really want to do (and, subsequently, do) is hang out with JB and watch TV. I'm a recliner slug.
But I've been working on the 1930s mystery a bit more recently. Instead of making myself write in a linear fashion, which I have always done before, I'm writing the "fun" parts as they come to me. Y'know, a scene where our heroine is locked in the basement of a Chinese liquor store with her partner in crime, or the scene where she goes under cover as a cabaret singer. The fun stuff.
And I feel guilty about not pushing myself to do more of the meatier parts, but right now I figure 500 words of fluff beats 0 words of nothing.
If you're a writer (or any kind of artist) how do you make yourself just sit down and do it? How do you fight your propensity for procrastination? How do you resist the siren call of true crime shows and Castle and Parks & Rec and The Food Network?