I sat down to write the next chapter in my novel. Then the phone rang. It was my mom, and it was an emergency. I dropped everything to be with her. After the crisis was over, I found myself not being able to get back to writing for a while.
Frankly, it sucked. Like a balloon being deflated.
Whether it’s a family situation, or a major illness, or even losing a job, when you are dealing with a shitty situation, the last thing that’s on your mind is writing.
All the energy that you planned to spend on writing now went to a life shift. And now, as you’re picking the pieces back up, your energy tank is empty.
How do you get back to full?
You’re wondering how to even begin to get back into writing when life sucks. You may be scared to even pursue your passion, worried that something else will come up and you’ll once again be interrupted.
You will need to take that time to focus on solving the problem at hand. The writing stays on the back burner. Once you’re free and clear from that, it’s time to figure out how to get yourself back.
So you wanna know if there’s a secret or gimmick to get back into writing again when life sucks. The answer is no.
All you need to do are these three things:
- One: Set your intentions on why you want to get back into writing.
- Two: Create a schedule and stick to it like honey on a biscuit.
- Three: Remember it’s quality over quantity.
Here’s the first one: Set your intentions on why you want to get back into writing again.
Sounds kinda goofy? You’re ready to get back into writing, so why do you need to make sure you’ve got a reason to do it?
Simple: Because while setting goals or a target is finite, setting intentions are endless. You need a reason why you want to get back into writing and reference it each day. Think about how happy it makes you feel. Or the anticipation of creating a novel from start to finish.
Next: Create a schedule and stick to it like honey on a biscuit.
You’ve got a reason to write. You’re ready to do it everyday. Then do it.
Seriously. You need to commit to a schedule, and make sure you will stick to it.
What your schedule looks like is up to you. Every day, every third night after the news, or during a full moon. Just create a schedule that lets you get back to writing.
Here’s a question that gets asked a lot: How many words a day should I write?
This is my answer and the final way to get back into writing: Quality over quantity.
During this schedule, you’ll feel like you’ve gotta write a bunch of words each session. And that works when you’ve been writing consistently because your brain is dumping out all the junk in order to get to the good parts. But coming back from a sucky life event, it’s about making sure it feels good to write. So even if you only want to put down a few words to make it count, do it. Ease back into it. Do a little bit at a time.
Going through something sucky is tough, and it takes you out of your writing groove. But once you get going (again), you’ll have these three tools to help you out when life hits you hard (again).
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