I looked at my website and blog today and sadly saw what anyone else stopping by would see. I’m out of the writing world. I’m desperately trying to get back, but work demands are horrendous. I have a side bar with conferences, but they are from last year. I will try to update them soon. My blog had nothing newer than a guest who posted in late November. All I’ve been able to do is keep up with my two scheduled posts, Make Mine Mystery (3rd Thursday of every month) and Novel Spaces (the 17th of every month). I took the post below from one I’d put on Novel Spaces in January. This is where I’ve been and still there, not seeing any relief in sight. I hope to get back to the writing world soon.
Taken from my archived Novel Spaces Blogspot post on January 17, 2017:
Stressed to the Point that Writing Seems Impossible
by Linda Thorne
Okay, I told some people I wouldn’t post about my time constraints with writing and promotion anymore, but here I am with nothing else to talk about except what feels like zero time to write, read, and promote. I am still meeting my deadlines for scheduled posts like this one and it’s not easy.
Che Gilson’s last post on Novel Spaces was perfectly timed for me with her suggestions of a timer and calendars. My problem is I don’t think any recommendations would work given my current circumstances. I’m unusually busy at work. Actually, that is a huge understatement.
I’ve seen just about everything over my long human resources career. I went through a hostile takeover of a company in Denver. A former company I worked for lost its lease, built a new site and quickly doubled in size. The company I worked for on the Mississippi Gulf Coast went through a brutal restructuring. A move to the Central Valley of California took me to a manufacturing plant in business for 98 years, but after working there a year, we were given a year’s notice that the plant would close. Chaos ensued as people bailed when we had to maintain full production up to the date of closure.
In an effort to seek help, I put my current problem into the Google search engine and came up with a blog post called, 6 Habits to Help You Write When You Don’t Have the Time. The blog is Jeff Goins’, but it was written by a guest he invited, Tyler Braun. Brawn starts off with a quote from Katerina Stoykova Klemer, which says, “If you don’t write when you don’t have time for it, you won’t write when you do have time for it.” Okay, I get it, but I think there’s a caveat. Sometimes there may not be enough hours in the day to write, which does not mean you wouldn’t write if you had the time.
In his post, Tyler Braun went on to list the 6 habits that he thought would help.
1. Figure out how many words per day
2. Leave yourself reminders to keep fighting
3. Get enough sleep
4. Always be ready to capture ideas and quotes
5. Never surrender
6. It takes discipline
I think his recommendations are great. I just think that sometimes if you are in an unusually crazy situation, none of the recommendations are going to work. Sometimes those recommendations to pace yourself, write a minimum amount of words, think positive, etc. aren’t going to get you there. I agree the most with number 5, “never surrender,” but my qualification of that phrase here is sometimes you have no choice but to retreat (not the same as surrender) until you find a way out of the situation that is blocking you, or wait until the turmoil is over.
Have any of you experienced life getting so in your face that any type of organized writing plan might not work?