I've been a really baaaad girl. Or should I say...bad writer. I've had so many things going on lately that when I opened my file to work on a chapter, I shut down. Literally. One time, I kept nodding off. It was as if my characters were talking in a monotonous monologue. Just droning on in the same low key without changing pitch. Another time it was like my Hero was pouting and refused to speak to me. Ugh!
I know we've had alot going on...the Suburban broke. So we compromised and got a new one. LOL. Easy enough. Then my 4 yo had an accident and I've been super paranoid with watching over him. The little Boston Terrier we have ran full force into his legs from behind and knocked him flat on his back. He had the breath knocked out of him but he kept holding his back. I ran to his side because I didn't see what happened so of course I was freaking out trying to get him calm and breathing again...but his eyes rolled back and he fell face first onto the concrete floor. When I tried to pick him up, while screaming at the top of my lungs for my mom, he stood and when I tried to pick him up and he straightened, jerking as if having a seizure. The only way for me to reach my hubby was by the Red Cross. But the baby calmed down and started breathing and was able to look at me without confusion. We thought it was either a concussion or seizure but the Dr. is sure it was just that the baby got scared when he had the breath knocked out of him. Anyway...no bumps, bruises or dents. No spinal cord trauma or concussion. He's back to his cute little sneaky self.
Ok, focus. What motivation? Well...I got my RWR magazine in the mail from RWA today and my eyes immediately found an article meant just for me. Actually it was a feature by six New York Times best-selling authors. It was titled...Surviving Your Career. Very interesting but the section I'm reminded about for today's blog was by Lisa Kleypas ~ How to Stay Motivated by More than Dollars. One of the key points she talks about is our roles as women. Regardless of what our responsibilities are, she emphasizes how we push ourselves a little too far at times. As writers we need motivation...a muse...whatever. As women we need nourishment. Not necessarily from good or healthy food. LOL, both if you like healthy food, I guess it can be good, too. But we need to take a time out for ourselves. Our sanity. A bubble bath with candles...can't say a quiet one because I tend to hear screaming kids behind the door. Or sneaking away for a movie. Finding quiet time to read a good book. But what I came away with was she talks about feeding our inspiration.
Sometimes it can get pretty difficult...I can attest to that. But I think we can be better writers if we can sneak away every once in awhile. Doesn't have to be necessarily running away from home...but maybe after the family is in bed. Or before the household wakes to our chaotic reality. But try to feed your inspiration. Even if it's a good read in between errands or activities.
I will conquer my chapter. I can do it. I am woman, hear me roar. (Even if it's a really loud burp from the greasy taco I had at lunch.) I guess it's time for my Hero to get a little nookie so he'll quit pouting.
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