I was sitting here at my computer … first off trying to think of an idea for today’s blog, then thinking about my writing career in general. It occurs to me. What writing career? My last book, “Promise for Tomorrow” came out in 2009. And — I haven’t put out anything since.
Sure, I’ve been working, albeit slowly. I have one book with my agent, which doesn’t appear to be getting snatched up by anyone, I have three or four books written, but in dire need of editing. And finally, I’m presently doing mega-revisions on the Urban Fantasy that I’ve been working on for far too long. Granted, my health issues have been serious and requires constant treatment and attention. (Yes, we’re talkin’ cancer here along with a wonky hip). The fatigue alone makes it difficult to generate any real interest in devoting the time necessary to writing when sleep and rest is so much more attractive (and necessary). Then there’s the constant feeling of being vaguely sick all the time. A sort of bleh feelin’.
So, as a result, the writing has taken a back seat in my life.
However, things have changed lately. I’m on a treatment that has diminished the fatigue somewhat, and taken away quite a bit of the bleh feelin’. Plus, I’m now working part-time. I put in full days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and have Tuesdays and Thursdays off. You’d think I’d would find plenty of time to write on those two days. Yet … no. I find that it takes three times as long to accomplish even the simplest tasks and as far as doing any major tasks, such as cleaning or gardening, I’m usually left feeling sore and exhausted afterward.
This is also a mind set that I have to work myself into. I have these two days off. This is golden. I should start with working one hour on each of those days, then work it into two hours, three hours, four … and so on. I would certainly accomplish a lot. Round one of the revisions that I’m doing on the Urban Fantasy is nearly done. It shouldn’t take me as long to do the second round and polish that puppy until its ready to pitch to my agent.
With a bit of effort and lots of work, I’m sure I can get this “Writing Career” back on track. How ‘bout you? Anyone out there that feels their career, whether its in writing or otherwise, has been sidetracked for various reasons? And how did you get back into the groove?