I started this year with a promise to myself to slow down. It was going to be a hard start to the year on my day job front (I wasn’t wrong there!) and I had to look after myself. So I let the blog go to nothing much, and late yesterday I realised that I have let all of my social media fun go as well. I don’t know if it was because of being busy in other areas, or whether it was plain forgetfulness, but I woke this morning feeling as though I haven’t written much for a long time. Sure, I’ve been editing, but that never stopped me writing other stuff before.
I never stopped before because for me, writing is soul food. It allows me to escape inside my head and let the inner me out. I’m always happier when I’m writing. So why have I stopped? Well, there’s the work thing, though that is settling down, and I wanted to get my next book ready for publication. Okay. Hmm even so, there was time for writing, but nothing happening… In my mind I keep returning to my blog. There are lots of reasons why I stopped putting up regular posts, but the expectation I put on myself to blog each week or fortnight kept me writing. And it wasn’t only blog posts. I wrote micro fiction and short stories, too. Maybe I’m not suited to the drifting, taking it easy on myself life I’ve allowed to develop. I think I need structure to thrive.
One thing I love about my time in the RAAF is the structure and lack of drifting. I like routine, and I like rules and boundaries. It gives me freedom. I know that can sound kinda weird, but it’s the truth. When I know where I stand, I can roam freely within that structure—freedom with support and a strong base. And I believe that’s where my writing wheels have fallen off—lack of routine, and no deadlines.
That routine and deadline thing is now back in effect (gulp). I have to push myself to get back in the habit of writing. It may be hard to do, but if I stick to my routine things will get easier. I have some ideas already of topics: the FBI, crime, forensics—just the usual stuff that grabs my interest and relates to my writing in some way. They may not interest everyone, but they interest me. And if nothing grabs my interest that week, then I’ll share news from the writing side of my life.
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