Time of Great Forgetting is in Full Force…
Amazing how every year at this time a vast majority of new fiction writers and early professional fiction writers just forget everything about their writing goals and ambitions.
Professional fiction writers and those writers working hard to get to that place do not have this trouble. But it happens every year to more than I can count.
About the last of April, the attention is drawn to other things besides writing and by now (end of May) writing has mostly been forgotten, or something to be done later. Spring is at hand and everything that means for each person.
This forgetting goes until the middle of July when suddenly it is hot and summer newness has worn off and months of almost no writing have gone past. Streaks are broken, word counts are down, and the writer is suddenly upset.
Restarting is super hard for anyone, and after this, restarting is seemingly impossible, so it takes until the middle of August and for many into the fall before the writing fiction becomes important again.
I started writing about this time period about twenty years ago when I first noticed it, and really wrote about it as the indie movement fired up and we did more workshops. This week for me will be simple on answering assignments because less than half of those signed up for every class turned something in.
And keep in mind there are always “reasons” that seem valid, and granted, some are. But most are not.
However, I have observed that the moment a writer decides they really want this and will make the sacrifices to get to their writing goals, this forgetting never happens again.
And it never happens to long-term professional fiction writers. We are seven days a week, 365 a year because we are doing what we love and what we used to go home from nasty day jobs to do.
So I hope you are not caught in this already this year. Still time to make corrections. Sure, it is nice outside the window, but having fun and playing in your own worlds inside your computer is pretty darned nice as well.
Keep it fun.