In September 2021, I knew I was in trouble.
My health crashed, my anxiety went through the roof.
I contracted, withdrew from the world into my little cocoon of myself and my home.
I also (finally) asked for help.
And slowly, but surely, I started to expand again. I found joy in so many things. Writing started to feel joyful again.
I'm expanding again. It shows in the notebooks for nanowrimo and the files with ideas and in the itch to blog again.
It's so good to feel like me again.

Midnight wanderlust with a small tripod and my phone camera. The Moon lit up the wheat fields this evening, shadowed by Saturn.

She reached for my hand
Touched it with her trunk and my
Body became joy

(A haiku on the only time an elephant touched my hand, at a zoo when I was a teenager)

a day late for the prompt but my mind melted yesterday. But I love elephants so I had to write it

Slow, imperfect progress is better than none at all.

Today wasn't a writing day.

I had a creative palate cleansing day. This means that I do something creative that is so mindless that it helps me with my writing.

For me, that thing is Decopatch, aka gluing paper snippets to a surface, in this case, a tray.

It's so calming and simple. I just tear pretty papers apart, and glue them randomly.

It never fails to dislodge something from my brain that's writing-related.

What is your creative palate cleanser?

I just had an idea, and I ran to the office to work on said idea and then it just jumped out of my brain the moment I turned on my computer.

This is an almost daily occurrence, and it's annoying as HELL.

It's not that I can't pay attention to anything. I sometimes pay attention to way too many things. A new thing comes in, and everything else is gone.

But sometimes I sit down and write something else and then, boom! The idea is back.

Not today, tho. I tried.

I have a new writing bedtime routine. It's supposedly not healthy to have screentime before bed, but this routine helps me fall asleep, and that's a win!

The routine? Write a random scene.
I open my project, and in the cut folder, I add a new scene about anything I want to.

It doesn't have to be part of the story, I do keep it.

And after a while, I get sleepy. I put away the laptop, curl up and sleep.

It doesn't matter if I use my words Ialthough I often do).

According to Forest, I’ve written for almost four hours today.

Add to that the time I’ve spent taking notes and reorganising my writing, I’m very happy!

I find the silliest things funny. Case in point: Disneyplus has a category "Ancient Mysteries", and the movies and shows listed under it are completely baffling: Grey's Anatomy, How I met your mother, modern family, 911 and West side story. And that's just the first page!

This morning, I was unsure of what to work on. I have several projects on the go (blame my brain) and I can jump into whatever I want.

But I feel the need to dive deeper and focus on only one.

So this morning I sat down, and wrote a list of reasons why I want to work on each project, and it became so clear where my passion lies.

This works in any stages of writing for me, for instance if I have different ideas of where I want to take the story etc.

And now I'm off to edit :)

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott

It's been an hour and I'm still not over the season finale of The Boys.

Holy moly, what a fantastic show.

And the guy who plays Homelander deserves all the awards.

The good news is that I've written a lot this past month for camp nanowrimo.

The bad news is that I'm really sucking at updating about that here.

Well, so far I'm at 30K-ish, which is really good, especially as I'm both editing and writing new stuff.

It's also more than I probably wrote in the past year or so altogether.

So I'm happy with my progress, and that's most important I guess?

I woke up very early with a pain flare and an idea for my book.

And I loved the idea so much that I grabbed my Chromebook and just started to write. I looked up after an hour or so and had 5500 words.

Not very good words, but very editable words that will be part of the book because it’s a catalyst scene that burst my MC forward to part two of the book.

And I’m so proud that even on days I wake up early and am in pain, I still am able to work.

Just wanted to document for myself that I've axed a character in my edits, she did important things to move the story forward, but I hated her.

While editing a scene I realised the character's actions made WAY more sense if they were done by another character (because of his traits).

So now character A is gone and character B takes up the reins of supporting the main character.

Love it when things like that happen, even though editing is rough.


aka

Long time no write! I went to Glastonbury festival and after that fell into the post festival blues! But I'm back and I'm having fun writing again.

I'm editing one of the novels I want to bring to a new draft this year and edited two chapters instead of the scheduled one. Which is excellent.

I know this project needs another deep edit because I've conveniently skipped over things that were too hard to ponder about with my addled brain.

I’ve had a sinus headache for three days now. None of the OTC allergy meds seem to be helping. Ugh. I’m ready for summer to be over, lol.

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