I’ve been asked to write about how to return to writing after the holidays and how to catch up. It’s not just the holidays, it’s vacations, illnesses, work assignments if you still have a 9 to 5 job, business trips, all kinds of things can throw a writer off track. But since we just went through Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and New Years Eve, I know many of us have just taken down the decorations and dragged the tree out to the curb before setting down in front of the computer to pick up where we left off.
Now, I’m scratching my head because I’m not sure how to respond. “Catch up,” what does that mean? I’m not trying to sidestep the question, but I think almost every writer you ask will give you a slightly different answer because their goals are different.
Okay, with that said, let me just tell you what I do when returning to writing. First of all, I never ever completely shut just down, imagination and creativity just don’t work like that. So, when I can’t devote solid blocks of time to writing, like during the holidays, I keep notes. I keep a small spiral binder in my pocketbook or somewhere handy. If I think of something that I don’t want to forget, I jot it down, even if it’s just a few words.
Then, when I’m ready to get serious, back to writing regularly; I take a few days to read over what I’ve written to reacquaint myself with my characters and story. Once that’s done, I set goals as to what I want to accomplish and when to have it completed.
Next is blocking out times for writing and focusing. When writing, I don’t allow disruptions, no cellphone, television or internet. I just write. But I do take at least one day off each week from writing unless I’m in the throes of creative passion. It’s not wasting time to take a break, it’s decompressing and recharging to keep from burning out.
So, in a word, to get caught up after the holidays, organize, set goals and follow through. Now, we all know the best laid plans of mice and men…..(smile). But, I try my best to keep to this schedule.
I’d be interested in your suggestions for getting caught up after being away from writing. What do you do?
Yesterday’s Daughter Book Summary
Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden.
She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.
I can’t remember a time when vampires have gotten more attention. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human and popular books like the Twilight and Dark Series, it’s seems like they’re everywhere. Vampires have always been my favorite supernatural characters. But why? Why am I fascinated with these fantasy beings? Why are you? My interest drove me to write a book, Yesterday’s Daughter. But I could have written about anything, werewolves, cat people or some other paranormal beings, but I chose vampires. Why, I wrote about vampires? I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Maybe I chose vampires because they exude prowess and majesty. But, that would be an all too simple answer. And when I think about it, I know it’s not a complete answer. But it’s a start. What do you think? Why are so many people so interested in these mythical creatures.
As for me, I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. At an early age,my family moved to the urban North-East. Now I live in the suburban North-East with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and currently work in the health care industry.
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