I've been hanging out at WriteOnCon today, which has been a lot of fun...not just for the opportunity to post my own work, but to critique others. But more importantly, it's given me a sense of my writing self again.
From the beginning of May until the beginning of July, I completely lost my ability to write. And not just write, but read. Anything printed, be it a book, a gardening magazine, a blog, a Word doc., sent me reeling for the bathroom. Why? Because of all-day-all-night morning sickness.
Maybe it's because I'm a bit older, or maybe it's because this the fourth time my body has hosted a tiny person all the way through the first trimester, but this time was even harder than the others. The most I could accomplish writing-wise during those months were snippets to myself about an impending revision.
But now I'm on the other side of yuck (YAY!), and for the past 3 weeks, I've been retraining myself. Discipline, discipline, discipline. As in getting up by at least 5 AM six days a week to write. Feeling like I'm wasting my time, but telling myself to do it anyway. Because it's only when I actually write, as in create, instead of just writing about writing, that I remember that I can do it. But man, it is HARD to get back into shape.
This week at least, WriteOnCon is helping me, in a public way, to feel committed to my writing life again. (Thank you to the wonderful organizers, industry professionals, and fellow attendees for the great opportunity!!!) And it's free! Hop on over and check out all the great posts and forums. Especially this one by editor Molly O'Neill--a fantastic mix of inspiration and plain old fashioned truth. I hope to see you there.
So how about you? Have you ever been waylaid from your writing by something outside your control? What did you do to get back on track? What was your inspiration? Where are you now?
(Oh, yeah, since I know some of you will ask...baby #4 is due Dec. 30! Whoo hoo!)