I am making slow, yet steady progress back into a writing habit. I can honestly say that I hadn’t entirely given up my writing practice. During my break, I did still write an occasional journal entry and too many college papers. However, the goal is getting back to writing for fun and publication.
So, during the past week, I decided to make a few little changes to my daily routine. I had been spending my lunch hours reading or relaxing. Now, I have started using my lunch hours not only to relax, but to write and brainstorm. So far, my lunch sessions have been fairly successful.
The first day I focused on writing, I finally solved the mystery of who killed Malcolm’s wife Anabelle. I know the who did it, how it happened, and why she was killed. The only problem that remains is how does Malcolm find out…
I have also discovered or rather re-discovered that when coming back from a break and not knowing where to start, it’s best to have a pad of paper and a pen handy. Handwriting my ideas allows for less distractions than typing and a slower process that allows my thoughts to fully form as I’m writing.
Yesterday, for the first time in quite some time, I actually sat down and wrote something that will eventually be for publication. I started working on the introduction to my next non-fiction book. I have not decided if it will be another photo book or not, but the working title is Finding Peace in a Time of Change. I am not anticipating it to be ready until the end of the year at the earliest, but more than likely beginning of next year. I also started a scene featuring Malcolm Stone, yes, I’m slowly making my way back to the series.
It’s interesting to me, how each project we learn to write all over again at times rediscovering an already known remedy to problems or finding a different way to do something. Perhaps, that is what draws me towards writing – each adventure is different, yet the same.
Creativity is a must have skill for any writer, artist, musician, etc. Lucky for us, it is skill we all have, we just have to exercise it into shape. Right now my creative muscle is about as flexible as my hamstrings. Which is not that great, I’d be lucky to be able to touch my toes without bending my knees! I have three more weeks of class before a much needed break from the overworked analytical part of my brain.
During my time off, my main goal is to stretch my creative side. I have not been in the right frame of mind to write lately. All creativity has been zapped from my mind. This is due to feeling overworked and not having substantial free time that I am not worrying about something being due or needing cleaned. So starting on April 26th (my first class free day), I will be cleaning my house from top to bottom to get that worry out of the way so I can focus on Reverie starting in May.
It’s crazy to think that I have a plan (though lose plans at that) to bring my creativity back to the forefront of my mind. After my house is organized and in order, I plan to start taking daily walks or hitting the gym directly after work. The weather should be starting to get warm and I long for some outside time. I am hoping the walks and/or gym time will allow me to decompress and leave my office life behind, so I can fully enjoy my free time.
Included in my finding my creativity (which is wandering around like a lost soul somewhere), will be painting, attempting to draw, coloring, and story prompts. Which I plan to share as I do them. At this point I am thinking one creative project a week (unless I really am enjoying it, then multiples). If it’s drawing, painting, or coloring I’ll take a picture and share it here and social media and if it’s writing, I’ll post the unedited rough versions for you to read. I’m going to treat this much like going back to the gym after a long break; slow and steady will win the race, I don’t want to burn out.
The end result of my break is to finish writing the draft of Reverie and hopefully get plenty of ideas for the set of books. It’s time to take creativity serious and exercise it like I should my body 🙂
Join me tomorrow for the next A to Z Challenge post about Drafts
Time. Such an elusive construct. Last week, I posted my weekly goals and I can honestly say the only thing I accomplished was my school work, and that was a struggle. Let’s just say at 8:00 pm on Sunday night, four hours before my paper was due, I threw out all the research and started over. After a panicked couple of hours, I submitted what I considered the worst paper in the universe and called the week finished. Apparently, the paper wasn’t that bad as I only missed three points.
On fiction writing front, I ended up writing a single paragraph on Reverie. I was having difficulty syncing my time and motivation to get work done. I haven’t accomplished much this week as I was sick for the majority of it, so my goals are getting to feeling better and concentrating on my school work. Next Monday, I’ll be back to posting my weekly goals, though they will be a bit less ambitious.
As for time, I need to realize I have less of it than I did six months ago. While time management does play a minor role in my lack of writing time, the honest truth is learning takes up a large portion of my time now (though I am still wasting a lot of it). Being sick the past two days has given me time to sit back, relax, and not focus on anything, and I’ve realized that I’m not really wasting the time I’m not spending writing, I’m doing things that are important to me at the time.
It’s all a matter of perspective, do I want to get this draft finished? Well yes I do, but I don’t want to sacrifice my lifestyle and personality to get it done. Sometimes vegging out on the couch watching TV or playing a video game is what I need to do. I shouldn’t have to feel guilty for not writing. I have fallen into the practice of listening to what works for others and comparing my progress to theirs instead of following what works for me. While I realize if I don’t sit down to write, I won’t write anything, but the same is true if I force myself to write when I’m exhausted or wanting to do something else. As I have stressed many times, I need to remember that writing is only a part of who I am and I can’t sacrifice the rest of me to build up the writing aspect. I know that when I push myself too hard writing becomes a chore and I lose part of my voice, because my writing voice is me, it’s my personality and life experiences combined with my imagination. So moving forward, I am going to allow myself not to write and I’m okay with that. I refuse to feel guilty for living.