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I've had a relaxing summer, especially these last few weeks. I have such big plans for what I want to achieve in terms of writing and editing between May and August, but never seem to get anywhere near accomplishing them.

As of tomorrow, everyone at home is either back to work, college or school, which means I need to get myself back into a routine. I actually started yesterday. When I found myself unable to sleep at 1:30am, I got up and sent all manner of admin-type emails for upcoming NJAN (New Jersey Authors' Network)events. I followed them up a short while later with a couple of apologetic emails, correcting the dopey mistakes which come from writing admin-type emails in the wee small hours of the morning.    

Writing wise, I'm still waiting for official news from Echelon Press about Barnum's Revenge (the sequel to Fur-Face). I gather it's looking good, but due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, things haven't happened as fast as I'd hoped. 

The decision to start over and write Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework in first person set me back a bit. I'm only a little over halfway through the first draft. Still, I'm loving what's there so far.

If past years are any indication, I'll need to work hard this next week, settling myself back into a good routine. It'll certainly be good to get back to my 'writing desk' at McDonalds again :)

How about you?

How do you get back in the groove after a break?

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Sep. 5th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: How do you get back in the groove after a break?
Lol, you know, I'm seriously considering making my next job, the shave and haircut Jack Thunder needs to get it submission ready (after ALSMH, of course :)
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
I love the autumn months so having energy isn't as much of a problem for me right now. As the days get cooler, my energy with increase. I have already started revamping my blog, narrowing the scope of my topic. Hopefully this with more tweaking will bring readers in and readers that are loyal. All this is yet to be seen however.
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of excessive heat being the cause of the problem, but you may well be right :)
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck!! Hmm, I don't think McDonalds would be a good writing place for me. Now I want a hamburger & it's not even lunch time! ;)
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but I find it perfect, even though I only have coffee :)
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
If we consider how well my books have sold,
or look at the critical acclaim they've received,
we will immediately realize that my advice is suspect.

I'll look in later to see what everyone else is suggesting,
and may try it myself.
Sep. 5th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I find getting out of the house helps. What I really need is a way to stay in the groove :)
Sep. 5th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
First of all, I try to avoid taking breaks. I try to get something writing-related done every day, whether it's fresh writing, revising, submitting, or critiques.

But when I do need to jump back into a project, I find baby steps tend to work best. Sometimes just opening the document and staring at it for a while is how I spend the first day. It gets me thinking.
Sep. 5th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thinking is good :)
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Sep. 5th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need to write a story about someone addicted to facebook ;)
Sep. 6th, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Or write a 21st century epistolary novel
about licentious romance between people of different social classes,
with the title
Spamela; or Virtue Retweeted...
Sep. 5th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
I always need time to get back in touch with the original material before being able to move on. That means rereading what I've already written or looking at my notes, with more emphasis on notes. I often find ideas that I had forgotten or questions that I need to answer. Thinking about those helps get the gears turning again.

And yes, for me, getting out of the house is a tremendous help. Especially if I go someplace without Internet service.
Sep. 5th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Especially if I go someplace without Internet

That always helps :)
Sep. 6th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
"...I've had a relaxing summer..."
There was a summer? It seems to me that there was a month of May, then I blinked and saw it was September.
Sep. 6th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC)
Lol, if you can remember Summer, you weren't there :)
Sep. 6th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Just put your head down and dive in, baby!
Sep. 6th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan to me :)
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
If I knew how to get back in the groove I would have actually written something of substance in the past year since I graduated college...
Sep. 7th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
On the bright side, getting back in the groove is no longer the problem, now it's just a case of starting something new ;)

You can do it, Stephanie :)
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