Tuesday, March 15, 2011

begin again

I tend to follow patterns in my life.

Sometimes they are useful, sensible patterns like eat, drink, then be merry or lather, rinse, repeat.  (Actually, I rarely repeat. Only when forced to camp and not shower for two days, then it takes numerous shampoos to recover).

Other times (more often), they are less sensible but still useful: Do housework diligently for weeks, grossly neglect housework for weeks, drive family away with mental breakdown and binge clean for 24 hours.

Regarding writing, I can identify at least 30 topics that would amuse or at least interest (sometimes horrify) readers every day. Often I mentally craft paragraphs during my lunch break or on the drive home; occasionally I remember to write things down. Then I promptly forget everything, collapse on the couch, and [insert mindless TV or laptop activity] until I am too tired to even be mindless anymore. Go to sleep, wake up, lather rinse repeat.

I know there are certain things I am supposed to do to help myself out of this rut. I have tried the Get Up Early, Force Myself to Write Something/Anything for 15 Minutes, Get Ready for the Day Feeling Accomplished pattern (it lasted about 17 minutes); the Write the Last Thoughts of My Day in a Journal, Go to Sleep Feeling Somewhat Accomplished pattern (lasted a few nights, with fitful sleep afterward); the Write Only in A Specific Space at A Specific Time Without Interruption, Crab at My Family for Invading My Space & Time, Get Massive Headaches and Hate Everyone pattern (overall unpleasant). I've had reasonable luck off & on with the Write Every Day According to NaBloPoMo or Something Like It, Enjoy the Diversion from Stresses of School & Family, Look Forward to People Looking Forward to My Writing pattern but it unfortunately ends more often with Getting Smug and Slacking Off than Getting Inspired and Keeping It Up.

I think I will mix & match, throw together a little plaid with polka dots, and see what happens. Check back often. (Please)


Anonymous said...

Oops, I think you got a whacko comment there! For me, I completely agree - each day is different and a challenge of when and how much writing I will get done. Evening is best but that is when I seem to collapse and actually want to watch tv with my husband! We need to hang in and take it day by day - great post.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

It appears that a certain Anonymous American Man is TOTALLY looking for an American wife.

Anywho, I love your post.

Amy *aka willa* said...

Totally with you in the whole "writing paragraphs in my head and then completely forgetting them later on". Seriously, it makes me feel so ADD I can hardly get anything accomplished. If I get more than one blog posted in a week I'm feeling like the Queen Shit! ;)

Take your time...I'm always looking forward to your writing! :D

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Great to see you back!

And anonymous is John Rambo--he's a very busy boy lately.

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Haha, loooooooser comment left by the boycotter. Not going to his rant. You're leaving it up there for a laugh, I'm sure :)

Can't wait to chat about your guest post! The return/awakening/resurgence/debriefing of Bad Mom! Woo hoo! :)

Yeah about the housework thing... you're not alone.

Stu said...

Since I am not on Facebook, I rely on your blog to see how you are feeling ;)


stephanie said...

I thought maybe the Anonymous was my silly husband but no, there he is with the hilarious remark about not knowing what I'm feeling...

Thank you all for hanging around & caring :D

Alison said...

I missed Anonymous' comment but I wanted to say I am glad you're back. I totally feel you about not having energy to write in the evenings. I can't give up the blog completely...so I'll take inspiration from you and start posting again.

shrink on the couch said...

"Then I promptly forget everything, collapse on the couch"

Yes.Yes.Yes. Me too. My inspirations often come (1) late at night in my bed where I know if write it down my mind will speed up and insomnia will ensue (2) in the shower.


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