Monday, March 25, 2013


I don’t imagine it’s the same for everyone, but I imagine we all have forces that stop our goals and we need help getting started again. We can’t seem to find the accelerator pedal. What’s that law of physics—a body at rest tends to stay at rest?  For some they are inwardly revved up and hoping for the right time and place to be set loose. Others may need a tiki torch to ignite the flame that sets them in motion. I’m not talking about writer’s block. It’s more about convenience and motivation. How do we get rolling down the track again?

My stoppage of writing occurred due to a necessary evil—the packing and cleaning and interruption to life that a move to another state mandates. I spent a full week without a computer, cleaning house, making repairs and painting. The following couple of weeks I whittled away at towers of boxes, trying to figure out where to put it all or what to give away. Would I rather have been writing? Heck yeah! But I’m not whining. Facts of life sometimes get in the way. Babies arrive, daughters want their weddings planned, people move. Stoppage.

No matter the excuse, the time eventually arrives that we can take our lives back and get moving if we only will. Have you been thinking you’d like to get back into writing again? Find the motivator that works for you. Write down steps to your goal and give yourself a reward system. Connect with a support group. Recall the joy of past progress and relate it to here and now. Better yet, dive back in and feel that joy. The first step is the hardest. Then watch out as inertia takes over. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.


Hannah Holt said...

It's so much harder to start up again after a break. For some reason your post reminded me of this quote by L. Rust Hills, "The sinister thing about writing is that is starts off seeming so easy and end up being so hard." Hope you had a happy Easter.

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Great quote, Hannah. It's also true that hard things are the ones that are most worthwhile.