Once upon a time there was a girl. She, like many writers, worked hard – very hard – perfecting her craft and seeking publication. And like many other writers, she had successes and failures.
Then, the girl suffered a rather traumatic loss. Stressors from her real life poured into her writing life and she realized that her writing is ultimately linked to her emotional status and the things going on in her real life.
Her stress began to show through in her writing. She started to angst over things that didn’t bother her before. She become frustrated and it reflected in her attempts to write.
She took a small step back to regroup. It worked, and she started a new project. But, as she neared the conclusion of that project, life threw a few more curve balls. She again became overwhelmed.
Finally, after several good, long, cathartic chats with her writerly buds, she figured out an important truth…
sometimes the best thing to do is to regroup
It isn’t a mark of failure, or something to feel broken about. It is just an opportunity to renew the creative spirit and move forward.
So, in the same vein as the girl above, I am taking my own advice and stepping back. I have learned some important lessons in these weeks and months since my mother’s death…
I really need to give myself a break!
So, I am going to be stepping back from my online presence a tad. Oh, I’ll still blog – but not consistently. And yeah, twitter and fb may occasionally see me – but only occasionally. I need time to renew (which I do through solitary activities being a true introvert), regroup and re-prioritize.
How do you decide when it is time to regroup?