Day 4 of the 31-Minute Challenge: Getting Back In The Groove, A Guest Post
Please welcome Dori Stone, who has been writing for years on a daily basis, but then got off track — that is, until now. Dori started on the 31-minute challenge early and is sharing what her journey has been like so far.
What do a wedding, a new grandbaby, a retired husband, aging parents, Facebook and email all have in common?
They distract me from writing.
A few years ago, I was hitting my writing stride. I’d get up in the morning; kiss my husband and daughter good-bye, shove them out the door, grab a cup of tea and settle at my computer. Alone, I entered the world of make-believe and craft picture book stories and middle grade fiction manuscripts.
I researched publishers, sent out queries and submissions and even sold a couple of works. Yay! Me!
But then, Dad got sick, Mom’s health started declining and my mother-in-law fell and shattered her hip. With each “issue” my writing time dwindled. More distractions followed. Our daughter grew up and got married. (An only daughter’s wedding is a definite distraction.) My husband retired and we started a new business. Then, we had a series of funerals followed by the birth of the most perfect grandson in the world. (Now, that’s a fun distraction!)
I tried to get back to writing but, things were different. I could no longer give writing my all.
Slowly I stopped writing completely. I became a dawdler and spent time browsing Facebook and reading corny email jokes.
Occasionally, I’d look at my computer and feel the urge to write but how could I get started again?
On December 6, 2012, I discovered the 31 minute challenge. I didn’t think twice. Immediately, I made the commitment.
Now I’m doing it. I’m getting back in the groove, one day at a time. On Day 1, December 7 (I decided not to wait until January) I logged one hour of writing time. I didn’t want to stop once I started. Day 2, I wrote for 62 minutes. That day, I enjoyed two 31-minute sessions, one in the morning the other, that night. So far, I’ve seized at least 31 minutes of writing time everyday and I’m determined to keep up the momentum.
The surprising thing is how fast 31 minutes passes. I’m also amazed at how easy it is to avoid or defer distractions for that period of time. It’s incredible how quickly I’m turning out chapter after chapter of my new middle grade fiction book.
Thanks to Katia and the challenge, I’m rediscovering my love of writing.
Thank you, Dori, for sharing. When your own “month” expires, I hope you continue writing every day!
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