10 March 2013

Once Again into the Breach

I'm pretty sure that's the correct breach up there...The other one would just be awkward. 

The past six to eight months have been very difficult on the writing front. I can't say that I've failed. Looking back I see that I've finished season 4 of Babes in Spyland, word-vomited a really rough draft of season 5, written a 80k first draft for a YA Sci-Fi novel, and read a handful of manuscripts for other people. So I've been trying and putting effort in and all that...but things aren't falling into place as I would like them too.

Anyone else ever have this problem? I make a plan, and three days in some “more pressing than writing” aspect of my life pushes its way to the front of my attention, and totally blows me up. I'll refrain from pointing fingers, but I'm sure you all can think of a handful of these minor turned into mountainous distractions. And where one resides, three more live next door, hear the commotion, and come over to join what they seem to think is a party.

Sorry, I'll stop rambling. So I've been stressed. Once I got my last writing obligation finished, I vowed to take a break. And that's what I did.

Over the past two weeks, I've written next to nothing. I read three books, changed the sheets on my bed, dusted, washed my car, took five minutes to sit in peace and quiet with nothing pressing to jerk me out of it, exercised (gasp), and in general felt a little better about life, the universe and everything. Well, maybe not everything, but a lot of stuff.

Now, as I'm staring down the barrel of writing, I'm a little concerned. The point was to give my brain a break, to refill it and allow it to rest. Is it ready to go on?

I'll let you all know how it goes later this week.

What do you do to give your brain a break?


Tohru said...

I like the new look of the website. Good luck with your writing this week!

-Jo- said...

Thanks! I thought I would mix it up a bit.

Antiquarian said...

Maybe you aren't ready to jump in the deep end of writing again. I know with my painting and such some times it's just as wonderful to fill pages of a sketch book with doodles instead of beat my brain up while working on a painting.
Do some writing "doodles". Find some fun writing prompts or ask someone else for a writing prompt and just fill one page short hand...then stop! Move on. You can come back to the doodle later if it turns into something else. *shrug* But take the time you need.