Some months are better than others. Despite our best intentions, life happens and sometimes we have to roll with the punches. Do the best we can considering our circumstances. But we can also recognize different types of success. Writing is so much more than adding to your word count or revising and improving your story. It’s a process and a journey. Sometimes that process ebbs and flows, but you can find success even in your lowest moments.
Recognizing that you are struggling and your motivation is waning or altogether nonexistent is a huge victory. When you realize there is a problem, you can take the appropriate steps to fix it. Sometimes taking a break from writing is the best thing you can do for yourself as a writer.
Do you ever take a break?
April 2019 Writing Report
Summary of My Month
This month, I really focused on recharging. I was tired of spending several nights a week choosing something else over writing. So I made the decision to set my writing aside for two weeks and figure out what was going on. I asked myself why I really wrote and remembering my why helped me get back on track. I also took some time to figure out why I felt so drained and exhausted all the time. I quickly realized that I needed to give myself more room for self-care. I now go on a daily walk and it has helped tremendously.
I also spent the better part of a week taking some email courses and reading Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story. This gave me a better perspective of what I want my story to be about. At the end of the month I was able to resume writing with much more focus, energy, and ambition.
I clocked in just over an hour of actual writing time, and I wrote 918 words during the month of April. It wasn’t much compared to other months. But it’s still more than nothing.
Although I am so glad I took my break, it was hard to realize that I had sunk so low I needed to step back and figure out what was making it so hard to write. It was difficult to go two weeks without writing. I’m farther behind on the goals I was hoping to accomplish, and I may need to aim for a smaller goal this year.
Taking a break was the best thing I could have done for myself. It is certainly a pivotal moment for me as a writer. I got very real with myself and now have a better understanding of why I write and what I need to do for myself to stay motivated. I’ve never gotten that reflective with myself and overall it was an extremely positive experience. It is so crucial and beneficial to have a crystal clear understanding of why you really write and to know what forms of self-care will keep you able and motivated to write.
Thoughts and Goals
I’m already off to a great start for May, and I look forward to what the month holds for me. This month I want to buckle down and write more consistently. I want to make writing a priority this month. Even if I only write 10 words on some days. I want to be committed to writing, no matter what!
What will you achieve this month?