We all have our own way of setting up our space and our minds for writing. Whether it's listening to music as we write, or silence. Taking a walk, or running to clear our head. Or just putting words to paper and seeing what comes of it. The problem for me is, there have been too many obstacles that have changed my writing habits.
When I first began writing, I would start first thing in the morning. Usually I would end up writing at least 1000 words or more. Even after my first rough draft was finished, I would write in my second book to the series in between working on edits. I even devised an outline chart to keep track of the basic scenes to fall back on when needed. I preferred writing in silence, still do, and I would read out loud when no one was around. If I needed to clear my head, I would take walks, or read chapters to give me ideas for the next scene.
Now. that's all changed. I am trying to find that place again, but there are too many distractions. My first obstacle was signing up to Facebook. Then my habit went from writing first thing in the morning to social media. As I began to get involved in it, I started my blog and joined Twitter and other sites and found I was spending way too much time in the morning traveling from one site to the other, completely distracted from writing. By the time I realized I hadn't written at all, it was time to get to other responsibilities, such as cleaning, shopping, spending time with the family, anything but writing.
The next thing was joining writing groups and critiques. Although we would talk about the writing, not much writing, (for me anyway) was getting done. I did, however, manage to write 10 chapters that originally was meant to add to my original book, but now has ended up becoming my novella about my main character's family. Not her family in this world, her family in Djenrye. So, that's a good thing.
And, the last distraction, my Graves disease, and what a distraction! I have a hard time remembering what I need to do through out the day, let alone write.
Time for a change, or at least, go back to my writing habits. My graves symptoms are letting up some, and I do say some. I still have a hard time concentrating to a small degree, but I plan to get back to my love, writing in the morning!
I am looking forward to spending time with my character Stevie and her friends. I miss coming up with new and fresh ideas for them and new conflicts. The novel is coming along so well. I am excited about how it has turned out. I am going back to finishing the novella and the second book, and can't wait to spend time alone writing the morning away!
What obstacles have you come across that prevent you from writing, or if your passion is something else, what has stopped you? I would love to hear your thoughts so drop me a line in the comment box and let me know. Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week!