With the best intentions I began the year, full of energy and ready to write. But life got in the way. Or is it really that I let life be my procrastination? I allowed it to keep me from my keyboard. I call it a self-imposed form of writer’s block. I had the concept for my next book, but didn’t know where to take it. I tried outling – in spurts. I researched areas and concepts of Vietnam (where The Black Toroise takes place). But ultimately I needed to just sit down and write. That has always been my go to – rear in the chair and force the story out of me.
This week I have been on Spring Break from my full-time teaching job. While most of it was spent catching up on doctors appointments and gardening, I did sit down, put hands on the keyboard and clicked out a couple of chapters – Yay! I must say, it was really helpful to have all the information from the research I had done – so I think I will incorporate that into my next books, as an actual step instead of feeling guilty about procrastinating.
Now to keep the momentum going. As I am a teacher, I have to work a couple other jobs just to make enough money to enjoy life. I tutor after school and I just applied to work in a garden nursery on the weekends. So, while I will be even more busy as the sun shines, I will have to be more diligent about writing in the morning before the rest of life takes over. My goal is to write two days a week. Start small and build!
Here’s to another attempt at extracting the story from within.
Have a happy April!