It is at times like this, laying in my bed at ten minutes till midnight, that I find myself thinking about all the writing I haven’t done in months. Where did my drive go? What happened to the overly motivated writer pushing out content left and right? The truth of it is something I can’t put into words the answers.
Life has, for a lack of a better way of saying it, been a nightmare these past few months. I find myself constantly playing the past over and over in my head that it eventually meshed with the present. Once that happened, I no longer knew my right from my left, which way was up, which way was down – you get the idea. And like a played-out cliche, I think about how I could do better starting on Monday.
It’s never that simple, though, is it?
It’s never that simple because life is all about repetition no matter if you like to change things up often. And whether you want to admit it or not, we are in some ways creatures of habit. We must be if we’re going to accomplish anything, like, I don’t know, say….writing. Never mind all the other intricacies that go with being a writer and what a writer must do to be a better writer. But it’s all about creating and maintaining the writing habit. And the greatest thing about that is if we ever need to step away for a while, we have the tools to get back into the habit of writing, discovering, and learning.
So, here’s to starting over on Monday.
My goodness, I am horrific at keeping to a regular posting schedule for blog posts and even my social media accounts. That is something I’d like to be far better at going into 2022.
However you chose to celebrate Thanksgiving (or November 25th), I hope it was wonderful. This year, I’m reminded not of the horrific lies we were told growing up but how it felt spending my first favorite holiday without my middle brother in 2017. In 2021, without my father. He had succumbed to covid-related complications, sadly. All any of us survivors could do was to make sure our mother made it through the day. The day wasn’t without its emotions.
What are your favorite holiday dishes? Are you looking forward to Christmas or Yuletide? Or perhaps Hanukkah?
One of my favorite holiday dishes to make is my special double-layer green bean casserole. And as much as I love stuffing, I’m surprised I’ve never attempted to ever make any before.
Waking up in a massive amount of pain is never fun for anyone. That was my morning. Not only was I suffering from a chronic pain flare-up, but heavy allergies as well. Rummaged through my medicine cabinet – no dayquil, no zyrtec. All that was left were two nyquil gel capsules. Didn’t have any plans for today so why not go back to bed? Popped the last two gel capsules, grabbed a drink, and went back to sleep.
Three hours went by before waking. Felt so much better than this morning. Only downside of waking up after three hours was finding out my late fathers favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, lost against the Denver Broncos. Oh, well.
I lied. I did plan on reading and writing this morning while laying in bed. Obviously, that didn’t pan out. Oh, well. Maybe I can do some reading and writing tonight. Well, write anything other than this blog post. We shall see, if anything, how much gets done.
I haven’t written anything in quite some time, unfortunately. I’m hoping to change that starting tomorrow (Monday). Funny thing – that. Always electing to start a new task on a Monday. The same has been said more times than I care to admit concerning losing weight, changing diet, etc. Again, we shall see how much gets done starting tomorrow.
Feeling annoyed? Yeah, I am pretty annoyed as of late, too. Why? Bad writing advice. There’s too much bad writing advice available now. Thank you, internet. What bad writing advice do we get today? And one of the worst pieces of writing advice may have even slipped my tongue one time or more during my early years as a short story writer and, well, as a writer as a whole, anyways.
First draft? Yeah, forget about worrying about your first draft. Huh? Yeah, forget it. Forget worrying about how your second draft looks, too. It doesn’t matter. What’s the use in worrying about all of your first drafts? Worrying about your first, second, third drafts is pointless because I guarantee you that once you begin working with an editor at a reputable publisher, you could potentially create up to at minimum a dozen drafts before it’s ready for print.
What every writer needs right now is a sticky note stuck on wherever it is they’re writing at reminding them that writing multiple drafts is normal. Are you writing in a composition book? Put a sticky note in there. Are you writing on a laptop, PC, or Chromebook? Stick that note where you can see it. It doesn’t matter where you write as long as you keep in mind that not every draft will be as polished as before.
Pantser? Plotter? It doesn’t matter. There will always be something you will find in your drafts to update or change even long after publishing.
Every writers brain is unique. Well, Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer, said it best: “different writers’ brains need different things”. Laini is referring to how many books exist on how to write a book. They go on to say it is a way. If it works for you it doesn’t mean it will work for the next writer. Laini and I both share a common trait: we both need the sentences to work as we write them and the ability to fix any problems as they arise.
So, if there’s ONE thing every writer needs right now…it is grace with themselves.