Enter summer and something happened. I hit a wall. Fell in a hole. Was stuck in a never-ending tunnel. I was in a writing rut for the first time and wasn't sure how to climb out.
At first I resisted. I struggled with my WiP while toying with the idea of resurrecting my first novel. When that endeavor fell flat, I searched for new ideas because maybe I just needed something fresh to work on.
But nothing felt right.
So I went the other direction... I let go and took a break, writing only when I was inspired and not beating myself up over it if I didn't often find my way to that place.
And guess what? It worked. I was being too critical, putting too much pressure on producing. I think once you get an agent (and even more so once you get a book deal (so I've heard...ahem)), you feel the need to keep writing novels - AND YOU SHOULD KEEP WRITING - but for me, for some reason, I was freezing. I'd forgotten what I wanted and loved to do and instead was focusing on what I felt I should be doing (and the should was of my own self-imposed creation). I needed to chill out and BREATHE. Reconnect with my characters and my story.
After I did that, I fell in love again...
Note to self: it is possible to love and write and produce all at once. Just remember to LET GO.
Ever hit a writing rut or get stuck in a never-ending tunnel? How did you find your way out?
*Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. iI’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*