Not sure if anyone is tracking my progress on the fiction page linked below, but I have been starting back up again after having over a month where I did little writing. Very little.
And for me it was for no reason other than my attention was diverted to other stuff. But many times all of us stop writing for various reasons from health to family to world events.
But then we come back and that’s when things get interesting. I did an entire lecture on starting and restarting. But let me tell you here, quickly, how I am doing this.
— My focus is no pressure on the writing. I’ll get to it if and when I get to it. That lack of pressure has allowed me to actually want to get back to writing.
— Keep the writing fun. I picked a project I had started once a couple months back, but instead of trying to catch up with that, I just tossed away what I had and started over. That made the book feel fresh to me.
— Don’t get in a hurry to hit page counts. I have done that and fascinating enough, I now want to do more on the book. The book is becoming fun and I want to read more of it, so I need to write more so I can figure out what happens. And the page counts will climb naturally as that happens. That’s fun.
— I also picked a far distant future sf book to write. Far, far away from world events so I didn’t let any of that stuff in and distract me. That helps as well in times like this.
— I never once doubted I would get back writing. This may be hard for some of you to do, but honestly writing is not something you forget how to do.
I have stopped and started so many thousands of times over the years, I have no doubt I can get started after being stopped. But for those of you who haven’t had that track record, just realize your creative voice doesn’t forget how to do this if you get the critical voice out of the way.
The key really is getting the voice that is telling you that you can’t do something out of your head. Negative thoughts are always critical voice and nothing is ever written creatively in critical voice.
So put a sign over your writing computer that says, “Go play!” Take the pressure off and have fun.
I know I am once again. Onward.