I knew I would have a summer full of packing boxes, moving across the country, catching up with loved ones, house hunting and job searching. But I didn’t expect it to lead to a hiatus lasting longer than a month. Three months later, the only things I’ve written are baking blogs that I’ve posted later in the month than I usually would. Once I realised that it had been two months, I decided to start blogging and writing again.
But things are never that easy are they?
I spent days feeling guilty when I thought about writing without making the time for it. Then I started allotting time and would sit down to stare at a blank page without any thought of what to write. Tapping my fingers on the tv tray, pressing random letters on my keyboard until several lines were covered, and scrolling up and down to see the white emptiness awaiting my words quickly became my hobbies.
How does one go back to writing at all, let alone on a regular basis, after not writing at all for three months?
I decided to start small. Blog post ideas. Blogs. Poems. Over time (hopefully not too long), I’ll be back to writing my book. It’ll take a lot of effort to get back in the habit of making time for this, but it’s been one of my passions for years. It’ll be beyond worth it. It’ll be a time of learning, sacrificing, and growing as a writer. But is there ever a time when that isn’t the case?
I’m going to work on finding a new writing routine and am curious as to what habits and rituals other’s may have. Do you have specific drinks, snacks, goals, times, settings, etc that you have for writing? Let me know in the comments!