Stalled Writing Mind Needs a Jump Start

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Writer’s write.  Right?

Except, sometimes we don’t.

My mind has stalled.  That doesn’t mean it’s ready for the junkyard.

I had the bright idea to take a vacation day today.  I was going to go hide somewhere and finish editing those next fifty pages of Biomalware and write one of the short stories I have started.

Then I remembered that I have an appointment with a budding author today to talk about how to publish an ebook and the desk shifts at work got rearranged so I am scheduled on the desk today after all.

*sigh*

The truth is that I just can’t clear my schedule of life to write.  Writing is going to have to happen around my schedule.

And I’m not like those authors who are capable of staying up late writing into the wee hours of the morning and going to work on coffee and a couple hours sleep, or getting up a couple hours early to write before work after going to bed at midnight, once the munchkin is taken care of.  I need more sleep than I get now.

I’m going to have to grab my time to write and edit when I can, whenever I see a few minutes to do so, on a daily basis.

There may be times when I have a chunk of time to devote to it, but that isn’t my daily life.

Sometimes exhaustion or sadness over events of the world keeps me from feeling creative, my body gets overwhelmed or, like last night, I worry about the coming weather and find myself restlessly flipping back and forth between weather.com and Facebook.

These things serve to distract me.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m trying to turn a car that’s lost its power steering back on course.  You can do it but it takes some real muscle.

So, I’m curious, my question is – how do you fit writing into your life?  Is it daily, weekly or just whenever you can?  And what do you do when you feel like you’ve gotten off track to get yourself back on?

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4 Comments

  1. April 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Oh that photo feels like me so often. 😉 I squeeze in writing time whenever I can, but mostly on the weekends. When I get off track, I read a great book and then I get inspired.

    • melorajohnson said,

      April 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      LOL That car looks like it’s getting back to nature. I’m reading two books right now, one in print and one in the car on CD. Maybe one too many?

  2. April 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    when i can’t find time for writing is when i most need to write

    • melorajohnson said,

      April 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Ah, very wise. I have still been journaling, which I definitely need.


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