This past week I fell off the writing bandwagon, and fell hard. After weeks of steady progress on my WIP, I took a planned vacation off, then got sick, then got caught up in all the details of life, then just didn’t plain want to write. Writing was not the only habit to fall by the wayside–so did exercise, piano practice, and several personal goals. Not to mention planning, prepping and cooking nutritious meals (we won’t discuss the frozen pizza we had for dinner two nights in a row *shudder*).
But this post is not about wallowing in guilt by the side of the road. It’s about climbing back onto the wagon, moving on from the disruption caused by last week and returning to those good routines. On Saturday I banged out over 600-plus painless words on Kai’s book, then followed that up with 700-plus words on Sunday. I got back into exercise with an hour of stretching (though admittedly I wouldn’t have if David hadn’t been holding my pudding hostage). Home-cooked meals and veggies are back on the menu. My fingers still remember how to play Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.
I’m rebuilding those good habits, with the help of some practical articles, a supportive community of writers, and this cute and inspiring button by WriterBelle:
What good habits are you trying to build? What routines are you trying to establish? How’s it going for you?
Mostly my goal has simply been to keep writing. That’s been tough enough with real life money situations intruding, but even so, if I just sit bum in chair and keep typing, something happens. I’m almost 3000 words into the current story, and I’ve got a handful to edit and get back to my grandmother. (First pass done.) It seems to be working.
Note: Love the icon. :winks:
Ohhh, it can be so hard to *not* worry about money concerns. Kudos to you for keeping on writing!
Glad you’ve got back on that bandwagon AND back to eating nourishing food 🙂
My goals: to keep writing, get some sort of routine with household chores and exercise mixed in with everything else I do. I derailed last week due to a wonky knee which is getting better. Got going again today only to be derailed by my husband who came home from work in a low mood. So difficult not to catch it especially after not having exercised – that keeps me sane and level-headed. After a year of uncertainty, redundancies etc. instead of everything calming down, there are a series of meetings which seem to bode no good *sighs*
Well, that’s life. We do what we can, say a prayer or two and hope. Back to work tomorrow so that should give me a lift…and an interesting meeting on Wednesday 🙂
Aw, that kind of uncertainty is so hard to cope with. Yes, I do agree that keeping your body as well as your mind well-exercised is a good thing!