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?