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Does anyone have tips to offer on how to regain writing momentum after an extended break?
Much of the past year has been taken up with illness, then buying a mold-free house, remodeling it, moving in, and unpacking. Now I'm ready to dig back in to writing but can't seem to get going again. Suggestions?
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My first thought is freewriting. Set a timer (10 minutes, maybe?) and sit down and write whatever comes to mind -even if it is the same word over and over. Most likely, you will eventually get something else going.
Also, with all you've had going on, writing about what has kept you from writing is also a good start.
Or, in a few weeks, write something for the writing challenge (or even pick an old topic and write that - then post it in free reprints.
Your timing is funny. I haven't written for myself in over a year. I've been sick and doing editing so I just didn't feel motivated. Then my daughter called and she needed a story for a lesson plan she was doing and she needed it soon. I wanted to crawl back into bed but my daughter needed me. I went through old challenges and found one that would kind of work and then totally rewrote it to meet my daughter's needs. Having a deadline (and my daughter calling and texting asking if I was done) helped a lot. I wrote a story that would fit her lesson plan, but then she wanted it from three different POVs. It turned out really fun and she loved it. I ended up coming up with an idea and writing 4 stories in 12 hours. Actual writing time including rewrites was more like 3 or 4 hours, but I felt so good to do it again.
Maybe you could do something similar to just get going. Go through your challenges (I picked an early one because they need rewriting anyway). Try to find one with at least 3 characters and then write the story from each character's point of view. I'll try to post mine to show you what I did. I can't do it know, but will add the link when I do.
I think the most important thing is to have a deadline. A real deadline works better for me, but perhaps you can do well with a self-imposed one.
Sometimes God calms the storm; Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child
This is a vicious cycle for me and I so feel your pain. I go through periods where I'm on fire- I can crank out a devotional or a challenge entry every day. Then something stressful or challenging or emotionally draining happens that completely shakes my confidence and I run out of gas. I haven't written anything substantial in months and I'm past frustrated. Ideas don't come anymore and I wonder what the heck God put me here for because this writing thing just isn't working...so yeah, I get it. Lately I've just started journaling again at night. I write down everything that happened during the day and how it has affected me. Then I do the same thing in the morning. I am hoping at some point that the journaling will extend into time at my desk and eventually an idea to spring from. That's what I'm praying for, anyway.
I hear you! The journal approach sounds wonderful. I've begun to think the Father is into seasons in a greater way than I thought.
I too could once write with words dripping from my fingertips. Not -by comparison- arresting work but I was loving the process. Then it stopped. It seemed inspiration had hunkered down for a long Winter season. I would stare at the white screen as one stares at a monochrome landscape. Nothing to do but let the roots reach down into intimacy.
I am listening for the voice of the Bridegroom as in Song of Songs 2:11. Sometimes i catch the fragrance.
Yes the journal idea is sound.
Write about what you know and have experienced. Looks as if you've had a lot of experiences/material over the last year to draw from... any amusing incidents from your remodeling and moving, any "how to" advice, or perhaps a devotional about something God taught you during your illness.
Late advice. Maybe the muse has already visited you.
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I just found this forum, and must say that's where I am as well. Beginning to think maybe my time of writing is in the past. Inspiration comes so rarely when it used to flow so well. And yet, it's when I am writing that I feel that sense of satisfaction, that sense of "rightness". Does that make sense?
I know with my chronic pain and fatigue with fibro and sciatic issues, it often feels like I am just taking up space. But there's a spiritual delight and sense of completion when I write. I long to be in that flow again.
I too would appreciate any insight you might be able to share with me.
"God has not called me to be successful, God has called me to be faithful." Mother Teresa
"...not to advance in the spiritual life is to go back. But those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep.". Brother Lawrence
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