Monday, September 20, 2010

Ready For a Time Out?

Are you ready to quit writing? You'd think I had quit by my long absence from this blog, but no, I'm writing.

If you are discouraged, today you've come to the right place. I've been discouraged plenty of times, but have not stopped writing. I've taken breaks, though. I believe if we are discouraged with our writing, we must take a time out. Whether that be a short break or a longer one.

We need to learn to be in a place to not strive so hard for that goal of publishing our first novel. If we strive overly so, we'll quit. Or make ourselves and our family nuts. That's not a healthy place to dwell.

Writing works muscles in our mind and fingers. Hard work, I tell you, even painful.

I've heard this over and over, but it's true: love the journey. At whatever we wish to pursue, love the journey.

Since I've quit striving so hard to be book published, blessings have fallen my way like a rain shower on dry ground. All the while, I still write. I still read mostly the age group of what I write. I still think of titles, lines, plots, scenes. Sometimes, I walk around writing in my head, until I can sit down to put words on screen.

Quit only if you find you'd rather pick up croqueting again. Don't quit if your passion to write and tell stories won't be silenced.

Until next time . . . read and write. Or take that time out.


  1. Hi Jean Ann. I am not taking a time out, but a time in! My husband is going off for a fishing trip and I have 4 whole days to put my behind in the chair and write. I think back to those days when we were together in our writing group in California and I sure miss them and your sweet voice reading your chapters. We have come a long way and have a ways to go yet, but we'll get there.

    Time in is in

    Cynthia Bates

  2. Hi Cynthia,

    So glad you dropped by to visit my site.

    Good for you and hurrah! Any time we get extra time to write is cause for celebration. My time to write more is coming, after fall is over.

    I miss our group, also!

    Take care and yea for "Time in is in."

    Jean Ann