I know it's been a while since I last posted. It has been a nutty year, and my schedule was all over the place. Now it has settled into something a lot more consistent, and I finally have the time to get back into a regular writing schedule.
I have been looking forward to this time all summer, the chance to spend hours writing instead of having to snatch a few minutes here and there, but wouldn't you know it as soon as I sat down to spend a day writing I froze up like a deer in headlights. I'm sure you've been there; we've all been there. So here I am starting from square one all over again. I have to shake off the rust and re-prime the creative pump. Again.
The silver lining is I've been here before. I know it's not permanent. In the past, I would have fallen into depression assuming I wasn't really a writer and that I should just give up in favor of a different hobby. Then after a while, the call to write would pull me back, and I'd give it another shot. Eventually, I would start writing again, and all would be right in my world. At this point, I now know that this is part of the creative process. All writers go through this. If I were playing the piano and took a long break I'd have to backtrack a bit to bring my skills back up to speed - writing is no different. It's frustrating, and a blow to the self-esteem, but this too will pass.
So let's stay positive and keep writing. Together.
Next post will be a review of restarting a writing habit. Then I'll delve into ways to bring accountability into your writing practice. You can look forward to these on Fridays.
Thank you so much for your patience while I was away, and I hope you kept writing even if I wasn't.