Getting back to the basics

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So, I’m not gonna lie. I took a little writing break during the holidays. I told myself, “January 1st, I’ll get back with it.” But I have to say, it’s been a bit of a struggle. You start worrying about why you hadn’t heard back about your manuscript from that agent. I mean the holidays are over and that was the number one agent I dreamed of!

Or you start sweating because now you’re out of practice from your normal writing routine and you can’t blame it on being too busy anymore. It’s time to start with the editing again and you feel as if you might die if you have to reread or rewrite one more word of your manuscript. Sigh.

Somehow, after all that, you realize it was really just an illusion as you busted out of the gates with your pencil in hand after the writing gods blew their trumpets.

January 1st right? Buuutttttt….that’s not exactly what happened for me. I’m still trying to get my saddle on, much less, stomping my foot in anticipation of the trumpet sounds. I mean, I’m excited, don’t get me wrong. I think about my plot all day long it seems. I’m even in the car scribbling down notes and scenes while I drive. Yes, I know that’s not safe. But, if you’re a writer, you know you’ve done it before too.

I guess it’s that initial fear of punching that key on my keyboard and my manuscript brightly staring back at me. I’m ready, it says. Mold me and shape me to your will. And you know what I do? I just stare back at it.

It’s okay though cause I think I’ve figured out what I need to do. Just close my eyes and let it all go. Let the chirpings of publishing, agents, editing, and rewriting all go out the window. I feel like each of us started writing because we loved it. It was something that we cherished, something that allowed us to be free no matter our surrounding circumstances, and something that is deeply embedded in our soul to do.

So this is what I say, “GET BACK TO THAT!” Write it on your mirror and read it while you brush your teeth. Put it on a sticky note to see in your car or at your job. You got this!

It’s okay to reboot yourself and write just for you. There will be plenty of time for all the other stuff so for now just, get back to the basics…


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