Friday, August 12, 2011

How I Recharged Myself

When you reach a point when you don't know where to go next or you can't make any final decision on something trivial in your novel. How do you get pass it?

It is a tough spot to be in especially if you keep pushing yourself to move forward. My frantic need to finish as soon as possible created periods of confusion and not feeling right about anything. I fell out of touch with everything around me. After I went crazy trying to pick out which direction my characters were going in, I decided to recharge myself to get back on track.

The moment I stopped thinking day and night about my WIP did I start to think with clarity again.

Here are 3 things that helped me reach that point:

1. I drove an hour away to meet up with friends for lunch. The drive helped me to focus on something else besides writing. Lunch with my friends took my mind off of everything. I realized it's been months since I talked to them in person. Twitter, text, and Facebook are wonderful ways to keep in touch but nothing beats sitting face to face.

2. I returned back to my old hobby. Once upon a time, I followed astrology and read every book I could get my hands on. Now I realized how much I missed it once I started to ease myself back into it. I always believed it helps to explain who you are. And rereading my sign, it pushed me into looking within myself.

3. I started to learn again. I always have been curious. If it sparked my interest, I pestered someone to tell me about it. Then I went to the library. When the internet came, I jumped with joy. In the last few weeks, I started to learn about earth based religion after watching Charmed on Netflix. It is a fascinating area and may prove useful in future ideas.

Those three little things helped me to view the bigger picture. I know what I must do to move forward in my WIP. I won't rush myself head first now. My feet need to be planted on the ground this time around. With help from my writing workshops and my fellow writers, I will be back and fully charged to write again.


Melanie said...

I thought it was just me! Instead of working on the novel, I've been knitting and sewing. Nothing finished, just soothing plain needlework.

Doreen said...

What a great post. I just did drive a ways to meet up with some old friends [it had only been 15 years] I was so glad I finally followed through!

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