Back after a blogging break: ROW80 midweek check-in

ROW80LogocopyWell, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged, but here I am. It’s hard to believe that it’s June and the second round of ROW80 is almost at an end.

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks:

Took a trip to Missouri to visit friends. I finally got to see the Mississippi River (I’ve seen it from a plane, but never stood on its banks). We hiked, watched movies, played board games—lots of frugal fun.

Finished the read-through of “Made of Shadows.” It’s going to be a difficult revision because the style of the story is so much different from what I’m writing now—it’s darker, edgier, and the stuff I’m writing now is sweeter, lighter. So I’m taking some time to figure out what to do with that story.

I have a rule that if I’ve spent more than a week spinning my wheels on a story, I switch to something else for a little while. This not only helps me stay productive, it also helps me step back from the story I’m stuck on and get a fresh perspective. Sometimes distance can bring clarity to the writing process. That being said, I’ve started working on the second draft of a story I wrote earlier this year, “A Prince in Patience Point” (formerly titled “Be True”). I have some exciting places I want to take this story, so I’m glad to be working on it.

I haven’t been blogging or doing as much social media as usual. House stuff has taken up a lot more time than I anticipated, and then it’s hard to get back into the routine after you’ve taken a social-media break, but I’d like to get back to blogging twice a week and checking in daily on social media.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

What about you? How is your summer going? Have you ever tried to revise a story you wrote long ago, only to realize how much you’ve changed as a writer? What did you do?

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11 thoughts on “Back after a blogging break: ROW80 midweek check-in

  1. I should take a leaf out of your book and switch when I’ve been staring at the wall with one story for too long. I tend to dig my heels in but then I get nothing done for days/weeks on end. No good really!

  2. i was so excited when I saw the river – had heard about it all my life – it’s great isn’t it? – I can’t easily move to another WIP but I do stop and stand back – spend time in the garden or out in the woods with dog – let free mind work out the block – all the best for coming week:)

    • It was amazing. Glad I got to see it. I agree that stepping back (especially spending time in nature) can be really helpful when I’m stuck with a WIP. Sometimes a long walk with the dog is the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Thanks, Alberta!

  3. Tell me about Denise. I took a break and I’m still having difficulty with the blogging. Hey, it’s not life and death. And I’m glad you had a chance to get away and have some fun! Good for you. I like your plan and will take your example to mind when next time I’m stuck. 🙂

    • Yeah, once we get out of the routine of blogging and social media on a regular basis, it can be hard to jump back in. I’m trying to just plunge right in.

      Switching to a new project has definitely helped. I think I just need some distance from that one until I figure out what to do with it.

      Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  4. It’s definitely hard to get back into social media after a break–enough that I pretty much gave it up, other than my blog and a couple of Facebook groups. And when we’re stuck on a project, sometimes walking away is just what it needs (that tends to work for programming as well). Good luck getting back into the swing of things!

    • Thanks, Jennette. I’ve started working on a different project and this one is moving along at a much better pace. I’m also slowly getting back into my social media routine, visiting blogs and commenting, checking in on Twitter, etc. Have a great week!

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