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This week my main goal was to just get back into my writing--nothing ambitious, just figure out where I left off a week before, and find my way back in, one way or another. Which I did. I ended up spending what few days I wrote working on that scene I wasn't going to write for the first draft but then decided to write anyway. It's still in progress.

What's difficult, for me, is not the dragging-myself-to-the-page, but allowing myself to take a break from it. More than once, while up in Flagstaff, I'd stare at my laptop and think, "I've got a few hours to kill before our day starts here, maybe I should poke at this or that." I didn't, I couldn't drum up the enthusiasm, but then I'd feel guilty, or nervous that I couldn't drum up the enthusiasm.

There have been times in my life--I'm thinking of the end of 2003-beginning of 2004, for example--when the muse just abandoned me all together. Experience has taught me that it comes back, it always comes back, but I just have this, "there's so much to do and OMG deadlines!" thing that makes it hard to take necessary breaks.

I don't have deadlines with my new story, but I've definitely set some for my older one, because I'm tired of burying it in the bottom drawer of my hard drive never to see the light of day. So deadlines are good. They kick you in the metaphorical pants.

But sometimes, you still have to put the stuff down and go climb a rock.

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cornerofmadness
Jun. 26th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
i find deadlines occasionally helpful. The novels don't usually get one but if I find myself struggling, I set some sort of goal
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
My goal for the new one is just to "work on it in some capacity every weekday morning before work." Which has worked pretty well so far.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 27th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
sounds l ike a good plan
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