Now the holidays are over it’s time to get back into the swing of things. If you gave up your writing during the holidays to have fun with your family—you will now be wondering how to get back into it. I thought it would be a good idea to share a few of my top tips. These are ways I use to get myself back into a good writing pattern.
It’s A Big Game
No matter whether your break is self-imposed or the result of outside forces, starting back is a process. It’s not something that will just happen. Getting back to work requires intentionality, patience, and perseverance. But trust me, once you find that new normal and start seeing the fruits of your labor, you’ll feel much more motivated.
One of the biggest hurdles to face is the reality that your life and responsibilities have likely changed while you were away, and so your writing practice will need to change too. Acknowledging this fact is a big first step. If you have realistic expectations and set measurable goals, you’ll be less likely to set yourself up for disappointment.
Keep Motivated & Organized
Do you use a daily planner or have a favorite scheduling app? Do you have a favorite work routine or dedicated writing space? Now is a great time to create new routines that inspire you to dig into your work. Maybe you’re not really a goal-setter. That’s okay—the point is to have a system that works for you.
Stick With It
You’ve been sticking to your new writing schedule, but what if you’re floundering and the words just won’t come? Try not to worry about that, it’s natural after so much time away. You must get back into the flow of a writing practice. You don’t want to waste this precious time that you’ve set aside, so don’t sit there and stare at a blank page. Try something as simple as a daily five-minute free write to get words—any words—on paper. Or write from a prompt, revise an old story you’ve set aside, or start a collaborative project with another writer friend. Just get started on something,
Try To Meet Your Goal—But Don’t Despair!
If you’re consistently unable to meet a goal you’ve set, don’t beat yourself up about it—just revaluate and try again. It’s easy to waste valuable time blaming yourself, wishing things were different, or trying to force something that just isn’t working. There’s no shame in admitting that you need to change. The important thing is finding a practical routine that inspires you to be productive again. If you can, try and focus on that instead of lamenting the fact that your writing life isn’t what it used to be. I promise that if you do that, in a month or two when you’re back on track, you’ll be feeling much better about your work instead of floundering in a place of frustration.
Don’t Forget To Praise Your Success
Creating a new normal isn’t easy because change isn’t easy. But change often means growth if we can embrace it with a positive outlook. For every small success or breakthrough, you achieve in this new season of your life, give yourself permission to celebrate. Let go of the expectations of how things used to be and be proud of your new successes.