Friday, December 23, 2011
The Broken Rule
We are in the midst of busy times . . . the holidays, which frankly could be called the hecticdays. All routine is thrown out the window as all those around us focus on Christmas, Hanukkah, and more. You will break your writing rules. But that doesn't mean you give up on them because they were fractured once, or twice.
It's like a diet. You slip one day because you had to have those french fries. Then you snitched a bite of bread at dinner, or a second slice of ham. But, you can go to bed, wake up the next day and start the routine again. Better to miss once and start back than to toss the rule.
So, when you can squeeze a moment to write, do it. It might not be the whole hour you want or might not be long enough to complete that draft, but you are marching forward. If you skip a day, insure you don't skip the next. Missed your AM journaling? Do it before you go to bed, or at least don't miss the next morning.
Your writing can be the stabilizing factor in this chaos of the holidays. I know it's mine. Yesterday I baked, hung wreaths, wrapped presents, invited a neighbor to come in and taste my candy goodies, and planned the Christmas menu. Also, this year we are without our beloved dachshund Dixie, for the first Christmas in 15 years, so it's particularly hard. So last night I sat at my computer and worked on anything having to do with writing. I needed that back-to-right activity.
So it's okay to break the rules. Life shifts and moves around you, so no plan works all the time. Allow that slip, that reprieve. Just try not to let missing your routine become the new routine.
Merry Christmas everyone.