Howdy, Campers! Welcome...or welcome back to TeachingAuthors' cozy winter cabin!
"All things are possible until they are proved impossible--
and even the impossible may only be so, as of now." ~ Pearl Buck
We TeachingAuthors have been talking about how to get back to writing after a break.
Jill's found it liberating to give herself the holidays off from writing...and then to stop fretting, schedule writing time and give herself permission to write dog doo (I'm paraphrasing here). Jeanne Marie has found it useful to take a nap before leaping into her most productive writing hours of the day.
For me, there is something sneaky-guilty and oddly energizing about avoiding writing by, say, running a political campaign, taking care of my aging uncle or preparing for a class. I can defend the barricades in the name of the French Revolution if I'm thereby avoiding working on my picture book manuscript.
After the Revolution...or, less excitingly, after driving 92-year-old Uncle Davie to the doctor, my inertia sets in.
Eli has graciously offered to demonstrate inertia for you:
They both blurted out "FlyLady!" In this post, Fly Lady suggests setting a timer for 15 minutes and doing 15 minutes of WHATEVER (clear clutter, take out the trash, or...hmmm...here's an idea: write).
It's like breaking through the fear of writing by keeping a One-Minute Journal; I can do anything for one minute.
So, go on...get off the internet. Set a timer. Pick out a half-completed story or start a new one. Start 2013 feeling that all things are possible.
And last but not least, thanks to Renee at No Water River for hosting Poetry Friday today!
Uh...Eli wanted to show you another position for inertia, for extra credit: