Happy Sunday, writers! I hope you are all well.
I am having a nightmare couple of weeks for writing at the moment. I have so much uni work to do, my job has been tiring me out and there are many festive events to enjoy and get involved in! As such, work on my novel has been scarce.
It’s because of this that I wanted to write a blog post about that horrible feeling when life gets in the way of writing. I always feel a bit deflated and kick myself for not making progress. I’m sure you can relate.
Previously, I posted a blog about how to fit writing around your busy life, as well as one about how to beat a writer’s slump. I hope you can find them useful. Today, however, I want to focus on what you should do when writing takes a back seat to…well…life!
1. Be Kind to Yourself
Writing a novel isn’t easy and you should always treat yourself with respect and patience when you struggle to make progress. Try not to feel as though you’ve let yourself down or that you’re not committed. Sometimes you just need to focus on other things without the demand of sitting down and writing. It’s okay to take a break. Relax.
2. Set a Goal
If you do need to take a break, especially at this time of year when there’s loads going on, then do. But set yourself a goal to get you back on track. Simply “I will start writing again by the following date…” can be a great way to make sure you don’t spend too much time away from your work. It also helps you to feel less guilty, as you know exactly when you’re getting back to it.
3. Make Notes
You may not have time to sit down and write full sentences but make notes whenever you can. While showering, cooking, walking to work etc…. think of your story and your characters. Ideas will pop into your head at anytime and making quick notes to write into the story properly at a later date is a good way to keep yourself on track.
Does anyone else experience the guilt of not writing? Or have any tips and techniques for keeping on track during busy times? I always love hearing your thoughts, so please comment below.