Okay, it’s an old, old story. Life gets in the way, creates a space that doesn’t want you to write. You hurt your hand, or in my case your shoulder. It’s hard enough to keep doing the work that pays the mortgage much less type in your spare time.
Don’t stop writing every day, no matter what! If I’d had a glimmer of how hard it would be to come back, I wouldn’t have given myself so many excuses! Okay, so now that I’m done beating myself up, what made me think of blogging again? Those WordPress guys do send an email once a year saying we’re going to charge some money to your credit card. You don’t mind, do you? I read the email and thought about blogging and quickly went back to revision hell. Yes, I will finish this book!
Occasionally, I do come out of my personalized version of the foggy moors to go to a writing thing. The SCBWI is one of my favorite haunts. I love the Sisters in Crime folks too. I went to Bouchercon in Cleveland last fall. (Unfortunately, that’s where I hurt my shoulder.) This weekend I went over to the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland for the first time in about six years. I don’t often make it to the Maryland Writers Association events but I always read their emails and a couple of weeks ago, there was one about a humor workshop that would be taught by Laura Oliver. One Saturday afternoon off, I decided, would not break my slow writing tempo.
Laura is a great teacher. She had good videos including one of Ellen D. doing a stand-up about procrastination. I’ll enjoy trying out her techniques. She has a book out now too called The Story Within which I’ll recommend to my students because it’s a good inspirational book.
I always come away with something when I go to these workshops, a tip about this or that. What I find is most useful though, is how they feel. There’s nothing like talking with other writer’s to remind you how much you love writing. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?