Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Starting Over

I took a writing break over the summer. I had a manuscript in submission. I learned over the years that I am not productive in the writing sense while on submission and decided not to fight it. I took a break. And then another. And then another. Yeah, the break lasted about three months.

During the writing process of three of my published novels, I had a 9-to-5 job outside the home, I had mommy duties, and still found time to write. I was more productive when I knew my time was limited. When I lost my job and had all the time in the world, I didn't know what to do with it.

Finally, I got a new job and I'm back trying to navigate this thing called balance.  Some things I tackled first:

1. I organized my house. One room at a time. This is a continuous process, never to end. Keeping that mindset keeps me sane.

2. I took a look at my goals: Career, family, writing, blogging etc. I began to jot down realistic goals.

3. I needed to involve my family in this process. They needed to know that I was going to start writing again. They needed to respect my time. It was hard the first go-round and I didn't want to go through that again.

4. I started reading for self-development. Writing books, self-help books, reminding myself what I needed to know to get back at it.

5. Finally, the doing part. There's no way to avoid it. And once I started writing again it felt real good.

How do you get back to writing?


  1. My motivation comes from reading about writing. There are other things too, but reading is my biggest motivator. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  2. Good question!
    I'm floundering right now, as a matter of fact.
    And although yesterday I blogged about being "stuck" -- truth be told, it's not the story that's stuck. It's me. :P

  3. Good luck on pushing forward in your writing journey. It is true that when time is limited somehow we still get lots done.

  4. Been taking a long break myself and trying to get back into it. Although I say that, aside from blogging, I did write and revise/edit poetry. So I guess my suggestion is to write shorter pieces or in short bursts. That way you can write something as often you'd like. Which also build into a huge body of work.


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