Ever since I left my teaching job, the words have been flying as fast as I could type them. I had a plan, clear goals and was zooming toward them. And then, two weeks ago, I just got stuck. And I couldn’t seem to get unstuck.

It was partly the dose of reality that hit me. I realized that I couldn’t afford to publish books at the rate I wanted to. Could I write at that pace? Sure. Could I publish that many books without going broke? Uh, no.

That led to a lot of thinking and rethinking about my path. At the present, I think I’m going to aim for a hybrid path, submitting some of my books to publishers while self-publishing my short stories.

So last night I became determined to write something—anything. Just open a Word document and type a few words. As I was drifting off to sleep, a story idea came to me. So this afternoon I wrote—a little. I wrote a whopping 429 words in a middle-grade novel. Will I ever finish it? Who knows? But it got me unstuck and moving forward. My next goal is to revise Spellfire’s Kiss and get it ready for submission. So in the coming weeks I want to move forward with that.

My ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Wrote 429 words in a middle-grade story about triplets who find out they’re witches. A little cliché, I know, but after two weeks of no writing, I’ll take it and see where it goes. I’ve also been doing a lot of business things for writing: getting a PO Box, creating a new checking account for royalties and expenses, creating a spreadsheet to track the same, buying ISBNs, etc. I have a plan in place for the rest of the year. Now I just have to act on it.

Reading: Finished The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee last night and really enjoyed it. If you like fantasy with a mystery thrown in, I highly recommend this one.

Other goals: I haven’t gotten into an exercise regimen yet. I want to add some yoga and long walks to my daily routine. I did manage to paint the downstairs hallway, so hometending is coming along. I’m also trying to utilize other creative outlets as well. I’ve added some scrapbooking supplies to my Amazon cart for my next order, and last night I baked a loaf of banana bread that turned out well (I think the sour cream the recipe called for helped the bread stay nice and moist).

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What about you? How do you get unstuck creatively? Have you read any good books lately?

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