Monday, August 23, 2010


I'm back from vacation and trying to get back into the writing swing. Let's talk about how we do that. What tips can you give and what has worked for you?

I babysit my grandchildren two days a week. Today was one of those days, therefore, no writing was done. We did, however, watch a Barbie video (the Nutcracker) and it featured a couple diffrent kinds of fairies. It got me excited about getting back to my manuscript. Of course, I have to finish my post-vacation clean up, but I'm determined to discipline myself better and get my novel completed before someone asks me for a complete.

How do you get yourself going when you're out of sync?


  1. Hi! I love the idea of Christians writing fantasy... I actually just read a really cool article (that I should find for you) about how old fantasy literature often points torwards Christ in children as it introduces kids to the major concepts of good and evil while keeping them hooked. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea and can't wait to hear more about you.

    Now, as far as your question, I just got back from vacation, too, and it's really hard to focus on writing with kids, a messy house, an unpacked suitcase and laundry to do. The one thing I do is FORCE myself to write. Like sit down with a blank screen and tell myself I can't get up until I have something on paper. Good luck!

  2. Hi Erin! Welcome to my blog. I love good discussion, so feel free to comment as much as you want.

    I agree with your method of getting something down on paper (or computer.) You can't work with a blank sheet. Get something down - anything - if it's bad, you can fix it. If it's good, you can go on!

  3. After vacation, I always give myself a day to get back in the groove by doing post-vacation cleanup while thinking about the next step in my novel.
    BTW, even though Barbie annoyed me, I used to love that version of the Nutcracker--which is must-listen to music for me around Christmas.

  4. I have a hard time tearing myself from the internet and getting back into the whole writing flow. That said, all I can really do is to just WRITE. I start to draw my characters to help me to start thinking about them, then I just need to settle down and DO it :P

  5. The internet IS a distraction. I created a writing space upstairs in my autistic daughter's bedroom. NO INTERNET! Now, I just have to get up there and start writing.