Getting Back on the Horse


  1. Don't be too hard on yourself. You should be really proud of yourself for taking charge of your life and doing positive changes. Before you know it you're writing will flow and everything will feel better.

    1. Thank you. I've signed up for a gym in the hopes that exercise will help me as well. Work out some of these tensions and make my mind in balance with my body.

  2. You know, SAD in MN can get pretty vicious (well, for my hubby. I actually like winter. Most of my family therefore tells me to go to hell at least once a week!) I know it can suck the wind right out of your sails. Maybe on your low days you can seek out the good in it – does that french onion soup taste as good in July? ;-) I think your recovery was pretty impressive, and really motivating too! I think all writers set a higher bar after each success, so you shouldn't get too down about realizing your intensity worked you over a bit. You got back in action and re-set your focus. I'm not sure you can ask for more.

    Thanks for your post, see you on Sunday :-)

    1. The worst part about SAD is how difficult it can be sometimes to find the good in the moment. Like… it takes energy! Anyway, I go into slumps and then wake up out of them… it depends on how long they go. I felt like this was kind of a month of haziness… I was here, but not entirely here, except for when I visited Sweets for a day. So we'll see what exercise does to my mood and health… and then we'll start thinking about writing. :)

  3. I'm still working on my debut and when I saw all this indie stuff happening, I was all, "I've got to get this book out NOW!". Readers and ebooks aren't going to disappear while I write my book. I have to work it around my life and it'll be ready when it's ready.

    Glad to hear you're writing again and are okay with going at your own pace.

    1. Oh my goodness excellent point! You're right, readers and books aren't going to disappear. So I should stop worrying about them and continue focusing on what is right for me. Thanks for the supportive comment.

  4. I'm so glad you got yourself out of the dumps. I've let myself get down like that and the longer you stay down, the harder it is to get back up. Crap words are better than no words and you have to start somewhere so embrace the crap, the okay and the spectacular, they're all part and parcel of being a writer. Stay well!

    1. Yes, oh yes. The longer you're down there, the less likely it is that you're going to look up to see anything, let alone that you've gotten as low as you have.

      Doing my best to take care of myself. :) Thank you!

  5. Hang in there, Belinda!

    Never forget: you can fix anything in editing except an empty page. Anything. 900 terrible words are 900 words better than 0, and even the best writers have lousy days.

    It's been a rough week all around, but it's really good to hear that you're getting yourself in motion. It inspires the rest of us to keep ourselves moving too. At the end of the day, writers are all in this together, even though we walk the road alone. We're in one profession (and calling) that doesn't require competition, and for that we can all be grateful!

    Hang in there! We're out here lurking and supporting you, even from afar.

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