The end of summer is approaching and when I think of what I’ve accomplished in the hot months of this year, I realize I’ve learned a lesson, one I’ll probably have to re-learn multiple times, but one that is present in my mind as I think about the IWSG and today’s post.
I had to make peace with myself about not getting as much writing done as I would have liked. I learned to give myself permission to take a “vacation” while my husband is not in school. To be with him. To be with my mother in law when she came. Allowing myself this time to just be with those who I love and who love me was at first hard. But then when I gave into it and realized this part of my life deserves my full attention especially at this time, I have really enjoyed what I’ve done instead. When the school season starts later this month my husband will be in the university world and I will have all day to write. So, I really appreciated giving myself permission to not write.
Have you ever done this? I know Chrys Fey has prescribed this in her Bactine posts, and even though I don’t have writer’s burnout, I’m glad I paid attention to them. If you haven’t read them, you should!
August 7 question:
Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or and ending you never saw coming?
I love when my characters start telling me the story, guiding me, making it more about them than about me as a writer. It almost always comes as a wonderful surprise... sometimes it's scary, but is always interesting.
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