Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ho Hum

Wow! I miss one day of writing and I feel…lost.

I know I shouldn’t feel that way. I mean, it’s only one day, right? And writing isn’t my paying job (yet), so why do I feel bad for missing one day? Is it because I’m in the middle of a book? I’d like to say yes, but I feel the same way after I’ve finished one book and try to take a break before starting the next. It’s hard taking that break!

Some people say I write fast. I say I don’t write enough. I want completed stories ready for that day when someone asks me, “What else do you have?” And in order to have those completed stories, I feel I need to write – EVERY DAY.

It’s unrealistic, I know. I’m just surprised at how quickly writing became important in my life. For years I wondered if I could write. My husband was the one who kept nudging me that way. Who knew what kind of monster he would create when I finally went for it?

So, for you writers out there, how does writing affect you? Do you feel lost when you miss a day of writing? Or do you consider it a vacation?


Jessica Ann Hill said...

I know how you feel! I feel lost when I don't write, too. I always just feel... better, when I write every day.

It doesn't bother me how much (or little) I write, as long as I write daily. Even if it's just a couple hundred words, it helps keep me in my groove.

Happy writing!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jess - I am feeling better now. I've written nearly 1000 words tonight and this blog. Wish I didn't have to go to bed!

Mary Beth Engle said...

Like everything else in my life I tend to write in bursts. I will go weeks and months when I'm simply consumed by writing. Every waking moment I'm either writing or going crazy because I have to work or do something else and can't write. Then I sort of burn out and don't write more than a grocery list for the longest time. Usually when I get to that point I work on edits or do research for ideas I have for new stories.