So when major life things happen, I don’t know about you, but my writing stalls. My mind goes fuzzy and I lose my creative focus.
Just in the last three months, my life has included two funerals, a wedding, a new career, and a move to a new city with my husband, two kids and three-legged cat. Of course, my writing paused. But hitting that button again hasn’t been easy. I am thankful to have met a few amazing writers in my new city. This connection encouraged me to continue writing no matter what life throws at you.
Other stories kept me company too. Any downtime, especially between funerals, I escaped to other worlds. I finished THE RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard, finished THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson and started THE AWAKENING by Kelley Armstrong. I also bought the GAME OF THRONES set.
And then there’s the awesome Twitter community. I’ve tried to keep up with weekly line games, participated in a few contests, and even met new writer friends. Needless to say, I haven’t given up on my writing. I even started a new WIP about dragons, which excites me so much! However, I haven’t given up on my first novel and started querying recently.
No matter what, don’t give up on your writing. Use life’s moments – good or bad – as encouragement for your craft. Writing is an art. Whether private or public, writing is an outlet for your emotions, nightmares and dreams.
When life happens, writers keep writing.