Inside the Mind of a Writer

Finding My Way

hawaii-240191_640I’m really bad with directions and get lost almost every time I go somewhere new. So it only makes sense that I’d make a few wrong turns on my journey as an author.

Okay, it was more than a few . . . and they were major detours.

I could sit here and make up all kinds of excuses for my recent absence, some probably valid—family vacation, a new job, holidays, misunderstandings—but the bottom line is that I dropped the ball. I lost focus on my goals and nearly allowed my dream to fade away.

Writers write, right? Or at least we’re supposed to. We talked about that before. (click here if you missed it) But so many things, real and imagined, can mess with a writer’s head. Suddenly, the writing stops, and the downward spiral of self deprecation and fading confidence ensues.

I’ve been lost for several weeks, wandering around the great abyss of a blank page and feeling totally disconnected from anything writing-related. It’s a personal hell that I’m ready to escape.

Over the course of several long conversations, a friend helped me realize where I went off course and dragged me back . . . making sure to bang my head on every rock along the path in an attempt to knock some sense into me.

It worked.

So what’s next? It’s time to get back to work and finish writing my novel, of course! That means committing to set aside designated writing time every day . . . No excuses! And it means finally getting serious about building a strong platform to support my novel when it’s ready to release.

With a new plan in place and a renewed energy, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal—or my fingers to the keyboard—and resume my journey. I’m off to embrace the return of my passion for writing I’d temporarily lost along the way. —CJ

8 thoughts on “Finding My Way”

  1. Having a writing mentor/friend/co-creator/supporter can make all the difference in a writer’s world. You’re lucky you have someone to help you get back on track. I find that teaching creative writing keeps me inspired to keep on writing (plus, since it’s my job to inspire my stuents, I’d be hypocritical if I fell off the writing wagon). But sometimes we need to stop. We need to breathe, regroup, re-stimulate the writing cells, and then get it going again. Good luck to you!

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    1. That’s so true! I get a lot of support from my family and friends, but (as non-writers) they can’t really understand what happens when I hit a rough spot…and there have been plenty of those lately. It’s going to take a few days to get back into the full swing of things, but I’m there mentally, and that’s half the battle.

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