Well, I took a detour from my writing the past week. The short story I’ve been working on stalled, which brought me down. Posting on my blog every day became overwhelming and took time away from my fiction writing, bringing me down even more. So, I turned off my main writing roadway, and had the brilliant idea to get out of the car. My head, crowded with negative thoughts, started to hurt causing my vision to blur. I stumbled around for a bit, before I tripped into a ditch. My motivation to write dissipated, leaving me lying in the ditch for a bit.
I was able to make it to my Bucks County Writers Group meeting. I always feel reinvigorated and motived to write after our meetings. One of the members suggested I put the short story aside for a while and work on something else. Clearly I wasn't getting anywhere trying to force the story. A simple solution I should have come up with myself, but my perfectionist drive doesn’t always see things that way. Then, my motivation started to return, giving me the strength to crawl out of the ditch and climb back into the car.
I’m happy to report I’m back on the main writing roadway. Go Team! (I hope I didn't confuse you too much with my driving allegory.)
While I was gone, several more people started to follow me. Welcome! After taking some time to figure out my new blogging schedule, I decided on twice a week with a showcase post on Fridays. This new schedule gives my readers a chance to read and comment on my posts and allows me time to focus on my own writing. I will also have time to read and comment on the blogs I follow.
Tuesdays will remain News, Contests and Fun. Thursdays I’m going to share thoughts on my experience or advice I’ve learned along the way. Fridays will be a freebie day for me. Instead of writing it myself, I am going to showcase poetry, a passage, a quote, novel, etc. I particularly liked and felt inspired by.
With all this free time and the short story away, I pulled out my NaNoWriMo novel. An enormous task lies ahead of me with revisions, but ideas are running through my mind daily. I’m excited to get started on polishing this mystery novel for querying.
What writing projects are you working on?