Please indulge me for a moment whilst I wallow in some very nice feedback:
“Diane brought the experience to this project we were seeking. We requested a professional, timely proofread, and she delivered 110%. Her extensive knowledge of publishing is obvious with the engaging comments that she provides. If you are fortunate enough to have the chance to work with Diane, then do it.”
What a fantastic start to the day, and at a time when the crows of doubt aren’t just circling overhead but swooping in for the kill.
It seems that aside from the proof-reading and editing I’m failing to complete anything else I start – short stories I have such big ideas for and then never get the time to spend on them; articles, ditto; novels that run out of steam despite extensive, not so extensive and downright extensiveless planning; NaNoWriMo; a decent keep fit regime; and so on.
Sometimes, I feel as though I’ve forgotten how to write or that the successful writing I managed was a total fluke. Sometimes I feel as though I’ll never write again, or I’ll never complete a writing project again, so there’s no point in even starting a new writing project.
I think I’m managing the proof-reading and editing because it’s the day job, because it pays the bills (almost), because it’s mechanical rather than creative – although it does sometimes get quite creative anyway. But every piece of writing falls by the wayside.
On the keep fit front the back pain and arthritis has stopped a lot of it. I can’t walk for more than 5 miles before my left hip pops out, followed by my right knee, and then my left ankle. I can’t do my Yoga first thing in the morning because my back’s not bendy enough, and then when I am bendy I don’t always have the time or the energy to do it of an evening.
As far as writing is concerned, I don’t know whether to start again with very small items and work my way up. I don’t know whether to start again at the beginning and practise, practise, practise. I don’t know whether to just quit whingeing and get on with it. I don’t know whether to give up and call it a day, and just grow old gracefully.
And so, for a start, I’m going to try going back to the beginning, going back to basics. I’m getting up earlier, I’m working longer, there are more hours in my day. I have to give both of these, the writing and the keep fit, a chance.
After an extensive search I’m hoping I may have found a book of routines to help me with the Yoga and the back pain. As these workouts include a 10-minute morning stretch, I should start to feel a bit more bendy in the mornings. Hopefully these will work and I can build up to tagging them on to my existing Yoga DVD workouts (I graduated from the Wii, so that’s something).
I wanted a DVD to complement the ones I already have, but the reviews were so mixed I decided on a book instead, especially as it was half price. (I bought it from Amazon Marketplace and even with postage it was cheaper than buying it from Amazon.)
Now I just need some relaxation CDs to go with it …
I’m also re-assessing what I want from my writing, and I’m alternating full-length projects so that I always have something longer to work on when I run out of steam on other projects. The sharp-eyed will notice that the sidebar has been adjusted to suit.
My NaNo time is reverting back to study time again and hopefully, eventually, writing time.
I have no idea whether or not this will work, but I have to start somewhere. I’m not the kind to just throw in the towel and give up at the first sign of bother.
What do you do to get back on track? How do you motivate yourself again? Do you take a shotgun to the crows or simply shoo them away? Answers in the usual place below, thank you. 🙂