It Is Back, Stronger Than Before…
In all my years of watching writers go through this period from April to the middle-end of July, break all streaks, get too busy to write, actually forget about writing and publishing completely, I have not seen a year this bad.
I got a hunch there is one major reason. This is the first spring in two years that we feel (as a population) safe enough to get out and do things in most parts of the world. So wow, all that postponed stuff from the last two years is going to be done this year no matter what.
I get that, I really do.
So the writing, which has been there for the entire pandemic for those who could control it, can just wait. (That is not a conscious thought. Just how our minds deal with it.)
So the focus is on family (as it always should be), vacations, gardens, nice weather, and just GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE.
With writing and publishing, learning goes away, practice and creating words, and publishing anything can be put off, right? Remember all those great intentions from the start of the year? No? You will remember them about August 1st. (grin)
For years I have been calling this time for writers the Time of Great Forgetting. It is very, very real. Professional long-term writers have no issue with this. It only hits those who have not gotten a complete grasp of the business of publishing and the long-term habit of writing regularly. Amazing how five months from the first of the year can change an attitude for those who really wanted to have a great year writing and publishing this year. Professional writers just go right through all this since what we do is write and create stories all the time.
But how to fight this?
The best way is to realize it is happening. Remember your goals. And sometimes reset at the start of every month through this time period. That will get you through it without the entire three months being a total blank. It will be a lot less than you wanted, sure. But it will help. And also help the restart in July or August. That restart is brutal.
So if you are reading this post in April, you still have a lot of time to reset and remember your goals. Target May 1st as a reset point. Doing that will not get in the way of getting out of the house, doing the things you have postponed for the last two years. But it will also take the writing and publishing along through this period as something important.
And on December 31st, when you are looking back at this year, you will be very, very glad you did.