IWSG - Taking Breaks

Posted on June 7, 2017
Time for a post for the IWSG blog hop, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh, where writers talk about their insecurities in writing, publishing, and other related topics.  Every month, Alex posts a question or topic of discussion. This month's question is:

Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I've quit. Several times, for various reasons. Work. Kids. Unexpected life emergencies. Death in the family. Or even something less strenuous like becoming obsessed with some new THING and it takes up all of my free and not-so-free time. Lately, it's been soccer coaching my son's recreation and competitive travel teams. These are 9-10 year old boys... just the psychology of dealing with boys in a purposefully aggressive environment such as competitive soccer required a lot of reading. And I won't even list the hundreds of lectures and videos I've watched on how to train kids through various drills and activities. It's a whole different universe that I was totally unprepared for, and so of course I dove right in, full body and soul.

I haven't even mentioned the writing related roller coaster of emotions that stop us cold, like a nagging sense of failure and incompetence, a sense of shame that I'm not working on saving mankind, or curing a disease, or improving the mortality rate in 3rd world countries. And how about the length of time it takes to finish a novel?!?!? It seems like years, although it's been only months. It's a writer's time warp. Am I right?

But I always come back. Eventually, the anxieties and the obsessions wear out, the distractions get tired and dissipate. The fog clears and I can see the road again.

Sometimes, it's not so easy. Sometimes, when the fog lingers, I have to say to myself, "Take a break. Do something new." This last round of non-quitting has been eased with line drawing. I haven't returned to my writing schedule from a year ago, but at least I am creating something. Whenever I cannot find the will to write, I take some ink and draw. My next kids book, Monsters In My Kitchen, will, hopefully, display my redirected anxieties.

As soon as soccer season ends. Oy....

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  1. I've found most procrastination is just fear. Recognizing that does help. Just knowing that we're only putting off writing that next page because we're afraid.

  2. I guess the hard part is walking through the shadow of fear. Great post.
    ' Juneta @ Writer's Gambit