At the start of Lockdown, I lost my writing mojo. Lockdown, in many ways, was/is the ideal environment for writers, and I am sure many new writers will emerge from this surreal period in our lives. So what was the matter with me?
In January 2020, I was ready for my writing year ahead. One novel in the bag and a second I was intent on finishing by the end of April. 2020 was going to be my year, I was sure of it. I was still writing, but dreary stuff, about life under the COVID-19 cloud. I just couldn’t focus on the writing I love.
As a wannabe novelist, there have been many times when I have wanted to sit down and cry! 😢 Throwing all my manuscripts out of my pram, vowing never to attempt to string a sentence together again. That dire, all is lost, feeling. It doesn’t take much, unpublished novelists are fragile human beings. After years of writing and editing, you’ve lost count of the rejection letters. But, instead of looking at them as knock-backs, we should view them as a reminder to keep challenging ourselves.
“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury
I was saved by Word Press’s Ben Huberman and Discover Prompts who laid down a gauntlet at the end of March. Challenging any writers who were feeling down in the Coronavirus dumps to write a blog on specific topics every day during April. I rose to the challenge, not every day, but I got my mojo back. And now? I am steaming along!
The last ten days have been a flurry of intense editing to make the closing date for various competitions, and there has been no break in momentum. I was up at six this morning and rattled off the first 5000 words of a new project, so I’m feeling pumped again. It’s a great feeling and, now I’ve got that effervescent buzz back, there is no better time to start challenging myself.
Ben Huberman and Discover Prompts gave me the initial kick up the writer’s butt to get me focussed again. But getting entries ready for competitions has re-fuelled my fire, as well as my competitive spirit.
Thankfully, I got a grip, and I’m back on track, and I’ve made (yet another 😉) new list of publishers/agents to submit to.
“Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.” – Sylvia Plath
Too true! I’m ready for the next challenging phase of my writing life.