I have to get my creative thinking back on track.
Since December 30, I’ve been focused almost entirely on getting settled into our condo. Buying things, hanging things, returning things, unpacking things, donating unneeded things and cleaning things became all important to me. I hate the stress I feel when I’m surrounded by disorder, chaos. So I was compelled to get everything in its proper place. I’m almost there.
I’ve ordered book cases so I can free my beloved books from their cages and give each one a permanent home, then I can organize my writing space. I can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, I’m working to get my mind and emotions off the new condo and back onto writing and all that goes with it.
I have to do it step-by-step. I think most people do.
Step 1-READ SOMETHING RELATED TO WRITING EVERY DAY:
Last September I purchased a great book at the SCBWI-Carolinas 2016 Conference. A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld. I finished the first third of the book when my life went into hyper-drive. I dug this book out of its box and started reviewing the chapters I had completed. Highlighter in hand I dove in. Within a few days I was reading new material.
I felt a wee bit like a communicator again.
Three days ago I started actually reading all of the blog posts coming into my email inbox.
Two days ago I cleaned out my bulging inbox. PTL! It was good to permanently delete more than 500 emails! Kind of like cleaning out a long-neglected closet. I LOVE that feeling!
Step 2-WRITE SOMETHING EVERY DAY:
Okay, the first day I only wrote a few comments on blogs and Facebook. But it was a start, right? Oh, and does my to-do list count as writing?
The next day I started typing out my prayers. I’ve done this for years. It’s effective for me on several levels. But, along with everything else, I had neglected this practice for a couple of months.
This past weekend I wrote Part 1 of this blog post. Baby-steps, I know.
Here I am tonight working on Part 2. I think my fuel pump is kicking in.
Step 3-GET INVOLVED AGAIN WITH A CRITIQUE GROUP (OR TWO)
Relocating has temporarily isolated me. I know only a handful of people here, none of whom are writers. I’ve searched for contacts, but I’ve found
NO SCBWI chapter in Kentucky
NO Word Weavers chapter near Louisville
I found an ACW group in this area. I emailed them tonight.
Anyone in the Louisville, Kentucky, area who knows of a critique group please let me know!
I also reconnected with the online critique group to which I belong. I need to get their feedback on my stories. I need the accountability of preparing something to submit. I also need the practice of critiquing their work. It puts my head into the right mode to work on my own stories.
Step 4-I’ll pick up here on Friday.
How do you get your creative engine running when you’ve been away from writing for a while? Do you use a similar process? Or do you have another method?
Please share in the comments below. I could use your help! I’ll bet other readers of this blog could too. Thanks.