Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Okay people. College football has started. OU screwed the pooch on the first game, but Houston came ready to play.
We live in BIG 12 country and I can't wait to see OU vs. OHIO. GO SOONERS!! (Update: OHIO slaughtered us. As much as I am not an OHIO fan, they are by far the best team in CFB right now. And they are doing it with freshman and sophmores. And fuck me running, we have to play them again next year in Columbus. I'm already dreading it.)
As if I didn't have enough distractions in my life CFB adds to it. I will not be doing a lot of writing come Saturdays. I will do a lot of screaming and chasing our dog Gracie around when she steals our football.
Here's my problem. I watch way too much football, college basketball, hockey, pretty much most sports. We have as many sports channels as we can get, and I watch too much. My kids are like 'whats for dinner mom?', whatever you can fix, cause I'm watching football. (Okay, it's not always that way every Saturday, I sometimes cook them something to eat.)
Now, with the deadlines I have put myself under, this is going to be a problem. I should be finishing my writing. Can't help it though. I just haven't been in the mood to do much on my books.
Anyway, the point here, things will distract you from writing. Going back to something in my post on rules, people will tell you you have to do things a certain way, like you must (should) write so many words a day. You'll hear that a lot. And it's somewhat true. You should be writing everyday, or most days.
If not writing your story, then you should be on your author website or blog, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media you are on (just don't let the social media take all your time.) For me I can't do that, though. Sometimes I write more at a time than others. But I do have to schedule things, LIKE THIS BLOG. I set certain days aside or times for editing. The bulk of my time I try to give to writing. However, there times I just don't want to do any of those.
I might actually want to have sex with my husband. (Who am I kidding, I want to have sex with my husband all the time.)
You will have days like that, where you just don't feel like writing. Don't beat yourself up over it. It's okay to take some time away from it. Sometimes you will need to step back. You may find yourself stuck in your story. Maybe your plot isn't going the way you thought it would, or maybe you want to add something in but you don't know where to put it so that it doesn't seem forced. Taking time away from your writing, will help clear your head.
I want to encourage you to not fret over those impromptu breaks. Do not get inside your head and beat yourself up. Enjoy the time away and come back to your writing refreshed. Get into a writing group. I found the one I'm in on Meetup. It was the best decision I made. You will meet other writers who are going through the same things you are. When you get stuck, you'll have someone you can call, email, Skype, or text to get encouragement.
If you are feeling discouraged in your writing, email me (Put Discouraged in the subject) - firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to read all my emails and respond. I would love to encourage you and help you. Sometimes that's all we need. Just don't give up. Don't doubt yourself.
I write crime fiction horror, thriller, and paranormal novels. My time in the Coast Guard and my degree in Forensic Chemistry helps me create fantastic stories.
If I'm not writing, I am binge watching Netflix and probably drinking whiskey.