- I’ve been sick since Christmas. I’m doing another round of antibiotics to try to nip this lingering cold/cough. For many days I’ve been sick, I have been so worn out after work, that I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down at my computer and write more.
- I’m packing to move. In mid-February, I’ll be in a new place, sharing a home with my boyfriend and his dog (and my Lilah of course too!). I’ve been packing, purging and organizing my belongings. This is one of my daily activities when I get home from the office and tends to eat into my writing time.
- I have an exciting secret writing project and my creativity is all over it. But, getting things ready has taken lots of extra brainpower. But, this is just temporary, so I’m not worried one bit.
Okay, so now that I’m done “complaining,” let’s keep moving. I’m sure you all have a variety of things that pop up. It’s life. And yes I know that none of the things I’ve listed above are terrible in any way. But what can you do to get back on track when things pop up? Remember the following:
- Don’t berate yourself. And also, don’t feel bad. Life is life. Your project will still be there when you get back to it.
- Don’t abandon your project. You’re not a failure because something else had to occupy your time and attention for a while. Very few of us have the privilege of writing full-time from home without other responsibilities.
- If your old routine is no longer working, try a new one. Were you writing every day before? Maybe try to commit to 3 days a week for a while until things settle down.
- If you self-publish, you have the privilege of moving your publication dates around. This is one of the benefits of working for yourself. For each of my projects, I’ve ended up moving the publication date back because, life just took over and I had to change my focus for a while until I could get back on track. There’s no shame in that.