Begin to Write Again #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

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Thank you Raimey!

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Back in May and really early in June, I had a fantastic new idea for a contemporary fantasy in the works. I was following the 90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet. My mind was churning and my fingers were flying. I watched videos to build scenes, found the perfect tunes to create moods, and had my outline done and everything. Then I decided to buy a home. Ouch. Chaos erupted and I couldn’t find the concentration to write in my usual routine. I couldn’t even pick up a book and finish it.

So this month, my topic is what I’m doing to jump back in. It’s been slow, like one toe, leg and finally I might be up to my waist in that water, honestly, this is the first time in years, I couldn’t push my brain or turn on the fuse. So what am I doing now? What do you do when your life explodes and you’re finally ready to start the momentum again? I also found a couple of great articles on the web from Writer’s Digest and JaniceHardy.com.

  1. Revisit your writing routine. Time of day? Minutes per day? Before my stress exploded, I woke up religiously at 4:00 a.m. I’d have my coffee ready and I’d sit down for almost a good two hours. So this is where I started. I set my alarm again. I had no pressure or goals. I just wanted to condition my brain and body to the early rising once again.
  2. Binge read. If your mind is open and ready for that sort of activity again.  I have finally calmed down quite a bit and I am enjoying a few good reads. They are true to my genre and definitely where I want to be. Reading the competition for where I want seems to get my mind all conditioned again.
  3. Reread all the manuscript notes, scene developments and character outlines/maps.
  4. Listen to music and watch videos that remind you of your story.
  5. When you see the pictures again, push the words around without too much pressure. Right now, I added on a couple of paragraphs to my first page. Don’t be afraid to add on to current scenes. There’s no harm in deleting, and eventually, I believe the voice will come again.

There is a good side to stepping away from your work of course. I fine tuned a few scenes in my outline.

One last thought:

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on July 19, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Love the Henry Ford quote 🙂 When I’m stuck (or returning to a story) I do a bit of free writing in a notebook, allowing my thoughts and words to just go wherever they need to. Good luck getting back into routine.

  2. Great work Erika 🙂

  3. For me a writing routine is most important. I have to actually be typing to come up with ideas. I love when I sit down and at the end of a writing session something new appears. Great post today. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Writing can be your best friend and sometimes it will turn on you! Reading a good story will do it for me when I’m stuck or daydreaming. 😋 that works pretty well for me. 😊

  5. This is so timely for me. I went off of a hormone last week, and my brain has been really fuzzy. The haze is lifting, but now I’ve lost momentum. I need to get back into a routine, reading inclusive. I’m heavy into my critique partners MS, so that helps. 🙂

  6. Buying a house is a valid reason for the break but I think most writers don’t require as worthy a cause for procrastination to ensue. Which is why this post is so relevant to the average writer’s life. Especially with indie-authors like me. I took an indefinite break from running the corporate race to focus on building my author career. However, I have yet to demonstrate the same work ethics to my this career as I used to when working for others, which was as a bona fide workaholic. Your post motivates me to pick up my feet and get running.

  7. This sounds like how my life was for nearly a year after medical problems and transportation issues hit my family. CHAOS! I got pretty much nothing done during that time, but I still did art and made playlists related to my story, so that helped.

  8. Its so easy to let life get in the way. Glad you are making time for the things you love.

  9. Before I started writing, we built a house. I can’t imagine trying to concentrate on a story with all the troubles we had. I never want to see that contractor again.
    I have specific music I write to. All instrumental, no words to sing along to. Starting the music tricks my brain, telling it “It’s writing time. Don’t do anything else.”
    A routine is essential.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. My brain doesn’t turn on until at least ten in the morning.
    Evenings are best for me. I need to get back to that.

  11. I usually rewrite my outline. Tweak it and play with it until I get all excited again. I have no doubt you’ll get back to it, but maybe after all the chaos you need a rest. So rest. Your book isn’t going anywhere. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  12. I need to get back to my manuscript after too long away. I don’t think 4am is going to work for me, but the point is clear – make a time, and stick to it. Thanks for the tips!

  13. Getting back into the habit of writing is so difficult. Your tips for doing it are so helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Great tips! I love the idea of listening to music and watching videos that remind you of the story. I’ll try that next time I’m stuck! Rereading manuscript notes always works well for me 🙂

    Love the quote!

  15. Good job on this — feels like something any of us can do to get our energy moving again, everything from getting up at 4:00 and binge reading, bringing yourself gently and calmly back to the discipline you love.

  16. Thank you for sharing this! This advice arrives at the perfect time for me (I’m struggling a little with getting back to my draft), and I’ll be sure to try your tips! Thanks again!

  17. Great quote on failure. I would love to start a new novel, but I don’t think it will happen until the kids are back in school in August. I am entering a Twitter pitch so getting that novel ready for submission is taking up what little work time I have.

  18. Such great advice–and very needed right now. I’m trying to jump back into writing a new book after taking a break for a little while.

  19. That’s a great list of suggestions. I really like the binge reading idea. That always seems to pull me back to work. Thanks, Erika!

  20. I’m getting ready to do the same thing, Erika after taking most of the summer off. These are great tips! Thanks so much.

  21. July was quite busy for me and I didnt do much writing. Now I feel empty inside. I like your idea of reviewing old notes. Im sure it bring me some inspiration. Thanks for sharing 💜💙💛🌟🌺

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