Day Tripper

Today was just one of those days. It started out well: I felt rested and pretty peppy. But somehow, I didn’t accomplish as much as I planned to. Maybe it’s the Monday factor. Just as it sometimes takes time to get my day going, it also sometimes takes time to get my week going. Frankly, Monday’s not my favorite day.

First, I worked on my YA novel revision, but instead of moving forward, I ended up going back over a chapter I’d already reworked and tightening it up. While this improved what I’d already rewritten, it didn’t give me as much forward motion as I’d hoped for. Next, Alex called and read me part of his history senior thesis — this was fun. I was happy to put on my editing hat and tell him what a great job he’s doing.

Then, I inputted reviews I’d written for two new books that friends have just published. I fine-tuned the reviews, but for some mysterious reason which I have yet to decipher, Amazon wouldn’t let me post them. This triggered the very low threshold that I have for technology snafus and led to some major frustration. I finally posted one review on Smashwords, which made me feel better. Minor progress.

Later, I started noodling around ideas for this post. I checked a few online articles for inspiration and read a few newspaper clips, but nothing grabbed me. My brain zeroed in on the musical Les Miz, and I checked out the Wikipedia entry, which led me to Josh Groban who recorded “”I Dreamed A Dream” — nothing to write home about.

All in all, it has not been a super-satisfying stint on the writing front. I feel like a day tripper who’s visited my own life but didn’t get much out of it. Not a great feeling! But here’s the thing: this comes with the territory. Some writing days are diamonds, and some are stone. And, as my friend and mentor Rob Gilbert says, “You can mess up, but don’t give up.” So I am looking forward to being super productive tomorrow. Does this ever happen to you? How do you handle it? 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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4 Responses to Day Tripper

  1. Nicole Gray says:

    I like the idea of day tripping on a journey that takes you somewhere outside of your writing—although I sincerely believe that there are often connections, if only they are distractions that eventually bring you back to your writing. Great post!

    • Hi Nicole,

      Thanks so much for your note — and for your lovely party, which I so enjoyed! Yes, I believe that everything is connected. Whenever we step out of ourselves, we seem to encounter something we can bring back to our work.

      Write on, Karin

      > Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:21:45 +0000 > To: >

  2. Joe Owens says:

    Karin – I had a similar day yesterday, but wrote a post that I know is goign to change the way i write and that will make me happier, I was trying the carpet bombing approach and it just made me fell drained. I accompished enough on WordPress yesterday, but I have a lot of editing to do an a mnuscript I submitted Sunday with only five days to finish.

    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks so much for your note! I read your wonderful blog post and found it very inspiring. Congratulations on the Amazon Breakthrough submission — what a huge step forward. I know someone who actually landed a great agent and book deal by submitting, even though she didn’t win. So keep going!

      Write on, Karin

      > Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:28:09 +0000 > To: >

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