Afternoon writing thoughts:

1. Am I trying to get my writing groove back or figure out structures to channel my energy when I'm not in a groove?

2. ...that's a groove, that's what a groove does. "The groove" isn't the feeling of effortless movement but the thing that allows it.
Conclusion: Instead of bouncing back and forth between a false dichotomy of "find any groove you can and enjoy it while it lasts" and "figure out how to write without a groove", my approach should be: learn how to make grooves.
I realize that in terms of workable solutions, this falls short of belling the cat in that we're still at the stage of wondering if there's something that could be attached to the cat that would be helpful.

But defining problems clearly helps me focus on solutions.
These thoughts were part of a loose but rapidly coalescing plan for something I will be announcing next month as a project for 2022 about ditching hang ups and carving out grooves for writing, as an open participatory endeavor for writers of any or no experience level (like NaNo)
Yeah, at the risk of mixing metaphors, the difference between "settled into a groove" and "stuck in a rut" does seem like a potentially fragile distinction.

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