Watching Vampire Dairies/Bones/insert random tv drama here
Watching reality shows
Cleaning (I love to clean).
Going to garage sales
Going to church
Going to the museum
Going to the zoo
Going to the mall
Going to get ice cream
Just going anywhere
Window shopping/normal shopping
Walking around Nashville in the fall, looking at the wonderful colors
Building a snowman in the winter
Enjoying my family
Enjoying my job
Enjoying my life
I haven't written anything since January 1st. (I'm not counting those crappy 3 pages of a new wip I trashed). For those of you who are new here, that long of time fo me is unheard of. I've been writing almost two years now and have completed three full-length novels, one novella, two short stories, and a MG thingy for my daughter. I'm a MAJOR type A and this became another obsession I had to complete. I had to complete. Had. To. Completion requires publishing, right? So ...
I wrote, and wrote, and wrote, and wrote, and wrote. All. The. Time. It's all I thought about.
The process consumed me.
And now that I haven't written anything since January 1st? How does that make me feel? What does that make me see?
It makes me see all those things I've been missing. All those things I neglected. All those things I sacrificed for the sake of writing/editing/querying/going out of my mind. And I'm okay with that. I'm okay with knowing about what I've missed because now I can make sure the same thing doesn't happen in the future. The past two years have been warp speed with blur of my fingers across my keys and tears.
But now? Now I can make a difference in my life--and remember the things that are the most important. The things I forgot about. The things I don't ever want to forget about again. I can remember that I had a life outside of writing. I can function without worrying about that angry fit my MC is having on page 101 or I can sleep without freaking out about the turning point/death/violence/betrayal on page 205.
I can breathe.
Every writer's journey is different. Tell me about yours. Did/does this process consume you? What have you been missing? What have you sacrificed? What have you changed? What do you want to change?