Hi everyone. Happy Monday!
I am so glad to be feeling better and since it seems to be going aroiund I hope you all are staying healthy out there. My sickness came on so suddenly and severely that all I wanted to do was just lay there and do nothing. Sure, I thought about my writing but I just couldn’t bring myself to lift my head from my pillow so grabbing my laptop was just not happening. I was somewhat bummed to have to leave all the projects I had going but as I view life with A Cup Half Full attitude I discovered something wonderful upon my return.
Before I had gotten sick I was working on my novel (which consumes my life at times) and also working on several short stories for my photo blog: Wolfe. I tend to spend a lot of time reworking my stories, paragraph by paragraph as I go along, which takes me forever but being sick opened my eyes to a very important lesson. Being rushed and under the gun with three different projects, I had sat down and written a hanful of stories which were very sloppy and quickly drawn up. But instead of going over them repeatedly, I wasn’t able to do so once I was sick and when I returned to them I saw that they actually weren’t that bd. Sure, they need tweaking and spellchecked and some parts just need to be remorved. But there is more good in there than I ever trusted myself to write the first time through.
I had to abandone my writing and let it simmer for a wh9ole week without looking at it, without scouring over every word and agonizing over structure. My mind was set free of what I had written and in doing so I was able to see it all through new eyes and a new perspective. I am having a wonderfully productive writing day and even though I spent the last week sick, I am thrilled to have learned something new. Let go and just write. Then walk away. When you finally come back to it, it will be a whole new experience. Have a great week everyone and Happy Writing.