Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IWSG, Will I Rally?

Welcome to another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. CavanaughOur Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

This blog post really is all I can do today. I am thoroughly exhausted and worried, actually, that I won't rally...won't keep writing.

What if I devolve into a Netflix watching, sweat pants wearing, Pirate Booty eating mess of a former writer out of sheer exhaustion? I mean, those Psych episodes are looking pretty hilarious about now. How about I watch all 300?

I've just finished and sent off the second book in my Steampunk Thriller series and I have to say, I really need a break. The pace I had to take on was punishing and wore me out thoroughly.

My worry is that I will not come back. Striving to hit the deadline amid the tragedies rolling in this past six months has really tested my love for writing. Maybe even bruised it a bit?

Hubby asked me to take some time off of writing. Two weeks to repair my brain, he said. Here's to hoping it works.

What do you all do to keep your writing pace sane? Do life events slow you down or do you find solace in writing?

I'd love to know if anyone else has struggled with post manuscript blues. That's a thing...right?


Rachna Chhabria said...

I find solace in my writing, though life events have slowed down my writing to a complete halt from the last few days.

Cherie Reich said...

There was a huge chunk of time I didn't write new stuff. I edited old works and got them ready for publication, but I just didn't feel the urge to write. It lasted about a year and a half, but the urge to write did come back and with a vengeance. Sometimes we need a break, and it's okay. :)

Crystal Collier said...

With a new baby, I totally get where you're coming from. Trying to get back into a routine here is like drilling a hole, only to fill it back up, then drill again. One day...

Rest your brain if it's needed. The rest will come in its time. I promise.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

For some people a break from writing invigorates their muse and they come back stronger than ever. Netflix can be a real time suck though we all give in. Hope you find that writing energy again.

Susan Says

Christine Rains said...

I escape into writing and never really need a break from it, but many writers do. I hope it refreshes you and you come back with new enthusiasm! :)

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you just gotta take a break! If you're worried you won't come back from it.. just try and write a little bit, a sentence or two or even just a short poem, to keep the juices flowing.
I hope you can get out of your funk soon, best of luck!

- Madilyn Quinn @ NovelBrews

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A little time off is always good. You do need to recharge. And two weeks should be enough time to watch all those episodes of Psych!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Take a break! Writing is very much a job (or maybe a vocation?) You need a break from it from time to time. Being stuck in your head too much is very bad for you, which is why so many great artists are batshit insane.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorta-kinda in a similar state of mind.

I recently relocated and instead of looking for a job, spent the past 4 months writing a novel that I pitched/sent out to agencies. (Yes, now that I'm *super* broke, looking for a job again) but my brain is somewhat fizzled. I didn't take time off of writing persay, but I'm not sure what to do next. I've been focusing on short stories because it flexes the creative muscle enough to keep me going but it's not a struggle.

Then these past two weeks I've felt like everything I write is crap and I find myself reading a lot more and binge watching TV shows (The Walking Dead for me!) Honestly, I think this is normal. We need an "inbetween" time to let go of the previous project and get ramped up for the next. As long as you don't take a decade break, I think you'll be alright :)

diedre Knight said...

Oh, you'll rally! A break, a change of pace, a change of season are always good things. If I've just finished or have temporarily set-aside a WIP I find that poetry and crisp one-line snippets (often found written on napkins!) help to keep my muse from jumping the fence while I'm away:-) Besides, you can't dream if you don't sleep:-)

Arlee Bird said...

I've got the post vacation blues, but never had to contend with post-manuscript blues. Sounds like it might be a nice change for me.

Vegetating with Netflix sounds kind of inviting, but I guess it would probably get old fairly quickly. I don't think I'll try it to find out though.

Arlee Bird
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