When you fall off the writing wagon, or blogging wagon for that matter, it seems that popular wisdom tells me to get right back in the saddle again. I confess that, true to my plan, I have desperately fallen off the writing/blogging wagon over the last couple of months.
I make no apology because the fact of the matter is that life got in the way. I had an overseas visitor and a serious soul-searching date to grapple with and something had to give. Blogging was the thing I had to let go of. So I did. Just like that. Gone!
A few times, I sat down at my computer and told myself to just write a blog, write a paragraph, just write. But I couldn’t. There was nothing there. The well was dry.
So rather than moan about it, or stress about it, or see it as some sign from the universe that this was all going to custard. I rested. I played. I took little steps like planning chapters, or doing research, or creating character profiles.
Rather than resisting the urge to stop, I decided to go with it and see where it would lead me.
When you feel the need for a rest, listen to it.
So instead of pushing myself and telling myself to be a disciplined person, I listened to my body and gave myself some time off.
I am so glad that I did. Not only did I decide to tackle a completely different novel from the story that I had originally envisaged writing first, I also discovered the joy of movement.
Instead of sitting in front of my computer screen, I took myself for a swim.
Instead of lying around thinking, I went out walking.
And it felt good.
Because the fact of the matter is that I want writing my novel to feel good. I want it to be fun. I don’t want to imbue with the urgency of unrealistic time allocation and reaching targets. I was able to trust that, in time, those things would put themselves in place naturally (More on this in the next blog post!).
So instead of feeling bad about falling off the wagon, I took the time to recharge and regroup. I even took the opportunity to alter my course a little.
I am so glad I did.
Today then I invite you to consider how you can use your down-time to make you a happier writer. That’s right – a HAPPIER WRITER.
Because writing should be fun. It should feel like soul food. It should feel satisfying.
How do you keep yourself happy as a writer? Leave a comment. Let’s talk!