Feeling Upended

While I’d love to say that this was a totally productive day, it was less than stellar. Yes, taking a break from your regular writing strategy can offer benefits (see Hobgoblin Alert), but there’s a downside to interrupting your work flow. It can take you some time to build momentum again. And add to a personal pause some major external event — say a hurricane like the one we’re expecting here on the East coast — and you can really be at sixes and sevens.

That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling all day: upended and at odds with both myself and the writing revisions I’m working on. Discombobulated: that describes my state exactly. I love that word, don’t you? It says it all: disoriented, confused, bobbing up and down.

When this happens, instead of giving in to that lost feeling and just drifting, I do my best to remember what my friend and mentor Rob Gilbert says, “You can mess up, but don’t give up.”

So, if like me, you’re feeling off your game — for whatever reason — simply give yourself permission to mess up. And then just keep going! Messing up and losing your rhythm once in a while are part of the writing process. Don’t use a blip on the radar screen as an excuse to get into a downward spiral.

What’s the best way to get back on track? Just do what you’ve always done. By that, I mean pick up where you left off and go back to the writing plan that was working well for you before your rhythm was disrupted. It may take a while to get back in the groove, but you will. And when you do, it will feel just great. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Feeling Upended

  1. Elise says:

    Great advice. We can really let a temporary blip turn into a trend. Just picking up where we left off, even if it feels a little awkward, with a little time, gets us back on track.

    • Hi Elise,

      Thanks so much for your note. Love what you said about not letting a “temporary blip turn into a trend” — perfectly put! It’s so easy to go that way and it takes so much energy to pull yourself back. Much better, I think, to just see it as a blip and get on with your work.

      Write on, Karin

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