I realized last night, when I took a breath to think about it, that I blogged only once last week. And didn’t realize it until the week was over.
When I named gave this blog its name, Moving Forward on the Writing Path, I may have naively assumed that forward always meant…well, forward. With no detours, no twists, no stalls. I say “naively,” because, realistically, we all know the writing path actually looks a lot like this:
Signs I know life is getting busy?
- Yep, fewer blogs.
- More to-do lists on my computer. (Luckily, I use StickyPad, which means the notes are virtual, not physical–they “stick” better, don’t look as sloppy, and are editable! Not to mention that, when I decide it’s time to STOP working, I shut off my computer, and I can’t “hear” the notes nagging at me anymore!)
- I read and reread lighter books, comfort stories that I can dip in and out of without worrying about the characters or trying to dissect the plots. Latest choices: Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series and Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family stories.
What’s the busyness about? Taking first steps into a new writing area I’ve wanted to break into for a long time, hoping to add more non-writing work hours to my week, listening to all the stories in my head that want to be told. Yes, all good things. And you will hear more about them here, if/when they all get finalized and definite!
Life and writing is about organization and management. And just when you think you’ve achieved that, change happens. Sorry…Change happens. Yes, with a capital C. Which is better than boredom and stagnation, but…it does put a few little hills and sharp curves into that path.
What do you do when new things come along? How do you weave them into a pattern that lets you settle into a rhythm and keep that forward movement.
A couple of links for you:
Gail Gauthier has started a series on time management for writers at her blog, Original Content. Check the posts out here.
And Debbi Michiko Florence has made this year her Year of Writing. You can find her series of YOW posts here.
And here’s to having it all…including sanity!