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Yes, another absence from this blog. It was completely unintentional this time around.  After I finished NaNoWriMo in two weeks (I’m still amazed I actually “won” after a couple of years of trying..), my creativity just shut down.  The last thing I wanted to do was write.  I had these great plans to get back to the w.i.p I set aside for NaNoWriMo and finally finish the sucker. Has it happened? Nope.  I have worked on it a bit, but it’s still sitting at a lovely 55,000 words. Not bad really. I’m almost there, but the idea of finishing that right now just wasn’t on my radar.

Neither was blogging, to be perfectly honest. I guess I had to take a step back and take a “vacation” from writing completely.  For anyone who hasn’t done NaNoWriMo, you can’t really understand how much it takes out of you.  For me, all I did was write. I think I took two days off in the two week span that it took for me to get to 50k words., and that wasn’t even because I wanted to. I just had other things to do.  Did I end up wearing myself out during that time? Probably. Do I regret it? Absolutely not.

Yes, NaNoWriMo caused me  to take some time out to take a break from writing afterwards.   But I’ve also learned new things about me as a writer and that’s the most important lesson I could ever take away from something like that. I wouldn’t trade that in for anything.

It’s okay to take a step back and collect your thoughts. It’s okay to take a break from your writing when you feel like you can’t write anymore.  Don’t push it. Just let it flow naturally. If your brain is tired and is screaming for relaxation, do what it says.  You will thank me later. 🙂

Oh, and congratulations to all of the fellow NaNoWriMo “winners” out there! Great job on getting to that glorious 50k finish line!  I’ll also say great job to everyone who participated. Whether you won or didn’t, pat yourself on the back for at least trying!

In other “news”, it’s come to my attention that I have received a few blog awards. Thanks to those who have given them to me. I’ll start handing them out to others in tomorrow’s post! If I don’t forget… Knowing me, that may happen. 🙂

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Surprise! Hey everyone. 🙂 I figured it was time to end my blog hiatus and join you all again. Did you miss me? I hope so haha.

Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and clear your head when it’s feeling pretty cluttered. Believe me when I say mine was feeling really cluttered. My head was a mess and it was affecting my writing. Since I wasn’t writing, I didn’t feel like blogging about it either. Hence the reason for my blog hiatus. I guess I let fear take over. I can’t really describe it. It was a fear of failure.. a fear of not being “good enough”.

I was starting to feel a lot of pressure to “make it”. After something tragic struck the family in September, my writing has suffered.  At the time it happened, I was making amazing progress on my book. But after wards? Not a bit has been accomplished. I was told that trauma has put a block on that writing because it now reminds me of that  night.  I understand that point of view and maybe they are right.   I let everything else take control and even thinking about writing made me sick to my stomach.

Then, my anxiety came back. I first developed an anxiety disorder back in 2006 but I had it under control. Since September, it was overwhelming to the point where I felt pretty helpless. I felt like I wasn’t myself and the words left me. My muse left me.  I needed some time to think and figure out how to fix myself.

I’m still working on it, but I’m getting better at it. I’m working towards getting back my writing routine. It’s not an easy process, but I’m pretty determined to get it done. I’ve always knew my book would help people.  There were people out there who needed to know they weren’t alone.

Maybe I’ll end up writing a book about people gripped with an anxiety disorder. I think that book would write itself haha.

It’s good to be back though. 🙂 I’ll get my zombie serial story back up asap.

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Note to self: Being in a horrible mood doesn’t help my writing process. At all.  The other day I found myself in a mood I couldn’t get myself out of for quite a while. I thought about working on the book, but I just knew that if I did… my characters would suffer.  It’s not the time for that just yet.

When I’m in a bad mood, my brain shuts down.  It packs up its bags and tells me it’ll be back when the bad mood leaves.  Luckily this time it didn’t last long, although I still wasn’t able to write yesterday. Today, I made minimal progrhttps://thestoryinme.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpess.

I’ve become okay with that lately. Before, I felt like I had to make sure I  hit a certain amount of words/pages. If I didn’t, I would go crazy. Now, I’m more easy-going about it and I refuse to rush the process. If a bad mood or writer’s block hits, I take a step back and clear my head.

The only mood that holds me back from writing is anger. There’s just no way I can write when I feel like that because my writing ends up sounding pessimistic and angry too. That’s not good for a scene that is meant to be uplifting and positive.  So, I put the novel away and do something that puts that bad mood away.

What kind of mood keeps you from writing? What do you do to combat this? I’d love to know your answers. 🙂

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