Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Guest Blog: Jane Toombs: Motivation Takes a Holiday!
Should you feel guilty? My feeling about this is yes and no.
Yes, because though it’s certainly okay to take the time to celebrate both holidays, it’s not okay to drop all attempts to write during the holiday season. And, no, because though holidays are fun times, writing should be fun, too.
Maybe that’s the problem. Writing’s no longer fun for you. Great Scot! How did that happen? How did something you loved to do turn into a chore? This happens more often than many of us realize--especially if something like an illness or an important event has created a hiatus. Holidays, too, can bring about a hiatus.
How can a writer get back on track? First of all review your current WIP. Can you work up any enthusiasm for getting back to it? If not, stop right there. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try to write? Even something you felt might be a waste of time?
Maybe now is the time to have a go at whatever it, waste of time or not. You’ll never know if you don’t give it a shot. Since you have no enthusiasm for your WIP right now, and you do have a yen to try this new effort, what have you got to lose? Yes, I know—writing time. Still, you’re stuck anyway. So why not? Maybe it will be a waste of time. But who knows?
Jane Toombs has been writing ever since her father taught her how to use his old typewriter, and has been published since 1973 when her first book, Tule Witch, a gothic, came out. Tule Witch has recently been re-released as an ebook by Samhain and is up at Amazon.
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