I don’t really believe in writer’s block but every once in a while I find myself out of the flow and it takes a lot of effort to get typing again.
Why does it happen? Who knows…fatigue, preoccupation, fear, life. This time it was a pause that followed a week of energetic writing, at the end of which I had finished the first part of my current WIP. I felt great going into the weekend. I pictured this week starting with just as much gusto.
Um…not so much.
Sure, I’d finished part one . But that meant staring down part two. I could see the scenes in my head, and they were perfect, in the way novels can only be perfect, you know, before they’re actually written. Ha ha. Sigh.
Where to start? Which scene to commit to first? After enjoying a couple of days at the summit of one mountain, I found myself at the base of another, and wouldn’t you know, I’d forgotten my hiking boots.
So, I headed to the kitchen. Time to bake, I told myself. Not to worry, creativity spawns creativity. It’s universal law. Or something.
I made mixed berry chia seed jam (another Oh She Glows divine creation, check it out: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/06/26/magical-blueberry-vanilla-chia-seed-jam/) and waited for a roll of puff pastry to thaw. I fished out my favourite heart-shaped cookie cutter out of the drawer, to be used to create the pastries I was planning on making as a Galentine’s Day surprise for my co-workers. (What’s Galentine’s Day? According to Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, only the best day of the year! Ovaries before brovaries!)
I revisited this post of Heather’s from Sweet Precision for inspiration (https://sweetprecision.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/blueberry-hand-pies/). I tried to stop beating myself up for not meeting my own expectations.
And a funny thing happened. As I was stirring, rolling and filling, the scene came to me. I knew where to start. I’d been noodling on it the whole time, proving once gain that writers write all the time, and perhaps do some of their most useful work away from their desks.
The pastries baked, and I got to work.
Baking through the block. It works for me. Maybe you have some tricks of your own?
Stay tuned for a Valentine’s Day post tomorrow.
Thanks for dropping in!
A :-) xo
PS. In the pictures above, I love how the heart pastry at the centre looks like it’s trying to devour the one next to it! That’s how good they are, people. ;-)
For the heart pastries:
1.Make the jam. Click on the link above for the original recipe from Oh She Glows.
2.Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Unroll thawed pastry dough. Cut out as many shapes as you can. You’ll need a top and bottom for each pastry.
3. Make an egg wash by beating together one egg and one tablespoon of water. Brush the edges of the top and bottom heart shapes. This will act as the glue that keeps the pastries together while baking.
4. Place a teaspoon or so of jam into the centre of each (bottom) heart. Place top heart over and crimp edges with a fork. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with a little sugar and chill for 5 minutes.
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown. Allow to cool and enjoy!