Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Train Derailed

I blame it on first week of school, but I have not had a productive writing week.  At.  All.  And, this is an understatement.  I haven’t written a word in a week.  All stop.  All forward motion has ceased completely.  Somehow, I got off track…and never got back on.
I posted on twitter not too long ago that I blamed my lack of writing on the fact that the kids were home and underfoot.  I’ve also blamed errands, the sunshine and my garden.  I’ve blamed laundry, appointments, cooking and housework.  Blame this, blame that, blame the other.  So, what is the real problem here?  
It’s not writer’s block.  The story is written.  I’m not overwhelmed with the edit process.  That’s my for.  It’s not ADHD or whatever they call it…(Look!  A squirrel)
What do you do when you get stuck in a rut of non-productiveness?  When you lose your focus?  How do you get back on track?  If there is apparently nothing stopping me, then there should be nothing to getting started again.  To quote that tennis shoe company, I guess I should Just Do It! 


  1. I do the same thing. I can't seem to focus if bills need to be paid, I have to pick up the dry cleaning, the laundry is piled up, etc. I write better if I get that out of the way and then can relax. Obviously life keeps going, even if we would like to write for hours and hours. I don't beat myself up when that happens. I think if I had a publisher breathing down my neck to meet a deadline, I might do better. Still, I get a fair amaount of writing done and when a week goes by with no writing, it's OK. During that week my mind is still on a story and I'm plotting in my head.

  2. Very true...even when I'm not writing, I am plotting and jotting down notes and words that I think will work well in the story. I *should* carry around a small notebook for such a thing - that would be so much more efficient! Thanks for reading!