Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Seven years is a long time. It is a lifetime when it comes to writing (or the lack thereof) and daunting when it comes to dusting off a languishing blog to see if it still resonates and can be made to feel new again.
I spent an interesting afternoon reacquainting myself with past posts, my thoughts on writing and the wandering paths my mind seems to enjoy. Viewing myself from a seven year gap was surprising, definitely nostalgic and a bit unnerving. But, it also reminded me how much fun writing was and how challenging sorting out a plot and characters could be. I realized I have missed the sizzle of excitement my writing engendered, the camaraderie meeting up with fellow writers to discuss the ups and downs of the craft and the feeling of accomplishment I had upon completing my first manuscript.
Why did I let it go? Good question and one I pondered for much of the day today.
Some writers can write through adversity and life’s challenges and gain strength by focusing on their work. I admire that tenacity and focus. It works for them, gives them respite from the chaos around them. Unfortunately, I am not geared that way. When life is chucking lemons left and right at me I can’t make lemonade out of it. I hunker down to deal with whatever is going on, putting all my energy and focus on the here and now. It dries up my creative energy and writing is on the back burner for the duration.
Did I think it would last seven years? Oh, heck no! I am actually shocked by the amount of time that has passed. It just slipped by in a blink with only occasional forays into writing when I took the time to sit at my computer and stare at a blinking cursor hoping I could remember how to structure a compelling sentence.
Having reminded myself of what I loved about writing I am hoping it is going to be a catalyst to moving beyond thinking about a story idea to actually sitting at my computer and writing it. If nothing else, this has got me thinking about my blog again and actually posting for once.
Baby steps 🙂