There’s a proverb that goes “Fall down seven times, get up eight times”. I’ve fallen “off” the daily writing habit. Again. It’s been over a month since I was writing daily, so I’m going to dust myself off and start the habit again.
I know why I fell off. Usually when I complete a first draft of a piece, I take a break. Unfortunately, that break usually becomes extended. When I finished writing my play Laund-o-mat at the End of the World, I didn’t write for almost a year. I didn’t even write in my journal. I really don’t know why that was, but the same thing has happened after all the other plays that I’ve written.
I finished the first draft of my fifth play just before I broke my daily writing habit. The good news is that period of non-writing seems to be shrinking with each new work. Maybe it’s a psychic recovery period. Maybe I’m just lazy and need to catch up on my tv watching. Whatever it is, I don’t like it.
At least this time, I kept up with some writerly pursuits. I took part in a World Theatre Day celebration and wrote a mini-adaption as part of an exercise with my writing group. I had a reading of my newest play. I saw some high school kids perform Laund-o-mat as part of the Sears Festival (they won their division and are moving on to the Regionals) — they did a great job, by the way. I submitted my play Mulling Kilt Attire for dramaturgy at Pat the Dog. I’ve entered a couple of contests. I went to a couple of drop-ins at the Predella Open Studio. I saw Linda Griffiths speak about playwriting. I went to a masterclass with Judith Thompson. Whew!
So, even though I haven’t been doing my daily pages, I can honestly say that I have been still busy with my playwriting. But, let’s face it: to be a writer, you have to write. So, I’m renewing my daily writing habit. I’m getting up, after falling down.
I kind of feel like I’m back to where I was at the beginning of January. I’ve also put back that weight that I had lost. Oh well. Keep moving forward, right?
As part of this do over, I will commit to writing at least one blog a week. I may end up writing more, but the goal is to do at least one per week. That way, I will have at least 52 blog entries next year at this time. And hopefully another play or two. 😉