I been spring cleaning my office. It is something I have been avoiding for way too long. With it came two full cabinets stuffed with papers that I had to go through one by one. Joy, right? The bookcases were not bad. The roll cart that is dedicated to writing and etc was easy peasy. But the file cabinets not so much
But as I sorted through sheet after sheet of paper I found some awesome stuff. Cards from years and years from my husband with his message inside each one. I came across some old pictures that made me pause and smile as the memories came back alive. I came across stacks and stacks of papers concerning writing whether it was an article, an old notebook from classes I have taken, notes from a conference, pictures from conferences I been to and so on.
I have been doing this a while now, writing. It really has flown. People have asked me, “Hey, are you still writing?” I get why and yes I am. In fact one book has been ready since March of last year but life gets in the way at times.
It was awesome to find photocopies of quotes I have received or made myself. I saw an old calendar of my events, programs and speaking engagements I have done over the years. It has truly gone by so fast. But it has been a great experience for me for this is something I never expected to be doing when I was younger. Heck, even years ago.
So while it took me a number of trash bags, a lot of shredding, a lot of filing and finding room for everything my office is now in order and there is a place for everything so I am better organized. That alone was worth it. But the journey to get here was hard work but so much fun as I scanned visually the last few years as an author. It has been really great, I have met some amazing people, I have formed long-lasting friendships that go beyond writing, and I have come to be happy with this.
I hope those who are writers who follow me can say the same that the journey has been worth it,
How do you stay motivated to write? Just reading status of fellow writers it seems people have taken some time off, even if they didn’t mean to, to work on their manuscripts. Some took days off and before they knew it months had gone by.
For others life has gotten in the way with health issues, moving, family and a host of other things that has slowed them done. And we can’t even blame the holidays for it seems to occur year round.Trying to motivate them isn’t easy when they toss out, “Well, I haven’t written due to _____?” I get it. Life has a sense of humor that is not always funny to us.
If you can’t seem to break out of it or the present WIP is just not exciting to you when you look at it maybe try a new project. You can start working on a different manuscript. Perhaps try with a short story or a writing prompt. Maybe enter a writing contest. Anything that can get you back into the game.
Start small if you have to. Write a paragraph or perhaps up to a page. Just get words down. It may seem pointless to write so little but at least you are writing something, anything, to get you back into the game of writing.
I am a late bloomer. When some of my writers friends asked me how long I have been writing I told them since the end of 2009. What I received back was wonder and amazement for they had been working on their books for way longer.
Let me give you a brief background into how it started. In the summer of 2009 my husband mentioned to a dear and close friend of mine that he felt I wrote well. She proceeded to tell me. For how else do you tell your wife this but through her friend, right? Near the end of 2009 I had two surgeries, they were unrelated, within 6 weeks of each other. One did require I stay in bed for a few days. Now since she told me in the summer this bit of news from hubby I had been thinking in my head a story. With me being laid up for a few weeks I proceeded to start working on my first novel that is now known as “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rain forest Adventure” which lead me on this path.
Sure, I wrote some poetry when I was growing up and in fact I still have the notebooks they are in but as far as writing novels and such that was not something I thought of. But once you start writing the writing bug takes a hold of you and now to not write is not something I would ever consider.
So while people who do not write have said, and will again, to me, “Are you still writing?” it is refreshing when a fellow writer and author comes to me and says, “Sharon, what are you working on right now?”
The bug is alive and well in me which suits me fine.